A free press requires an open internet
Press freedom around the world depends on an open, reliable and secure internet.
Internet censorship and repression take many forms. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) regularly censors words, phrases and names published on the internet that it deems to be anti-communist and anti-government. It also limits access to many websites. Government-enforced internet shutdowns and network restrictions also inhibit freedom of expression, including for members of the press. In Venezuela, the government uses electricity and internet blackouts to inhibit access to information and control potential political unrest.
“Over the past 10 years, the entire spectrum of human rights are now enabled, facilitated, and accessed through the internet,” Access Now says. “We are prepared to address new technologies as they emerge, and to bring the implications for human rights to the fore.”
Decentralizing The Internet: The Hitchhiker’s Guide
I hope this article provides value in the exploration of decentralization. As simple as it is to understand the need for decentralized exchanges, the implementation of decentralized systems, networks, sites, and applications will not be a quick and easy task. The current complexities of decentralized systems only makes use for those with advanced knowledge in leveraging these systems and may prove challenges to ordinary internet users. And although we notice the gaps needed to be filled in order to fight against centralized big tech monopolies, the responsibility is held on the shoulders of developers building internet applications today. The advantages of decentralized networks are appearing for the future of the internet as free control of data, information flow, and preservation of media content become more important. I truly believe the internet is meant to be open, fair, transparent, and decentralized and I hope internet users begin realize these importances.
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Can China Achieve Her Open-Source Ambitions?
Open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use or modification.
The open-source movement first started in the USA, but all the big tech companies in China have also extensively relied on open-source technology to quickly expand and evolve their own technology. It’s free, transparent and flexible enough to be modified to meet any company’s special requirements.
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