Article: The centralised nature of our internet makes outages like Fastly’s inevitable

Cloud, Data, Decentralized Internet

The centralised nature of our internet makes outages like Fastly’s inevitable

While Fastly’s outage is a wake up call for its customers, who will be doing back-of-the-envelope calculations to work out their losses during the downtime, there’s no obvious solution, warns Kevin Curran, Professor of Cyber Security at Ulster University and senior member of technical professional organisation IEEE.

While Sir Tim is busy dedicating his time to building a newly-decentralised version of the internet via his web platform Solid, until the public grasps how important that data is and mounts a full backlash against the ways in which tech giants abuse it, the ways in which the internet operates is unlikely to change, Prof Curran adds. Hospitals and banks and airlines and power grids and other major infrastructure systems need to ensure they have sufficient extra security layers and protocols in place for when people make configuration changes and to crucially, to learn from their mistakes, he says. “At the end of the day, the five giants rule the internet. But the internet really can be brought down by one person making a mistake.”

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Article: Social applications are the next big trend in crypto

Crypto, Decentralized Internet, Media, Open Source, Web 3.0

Social applications are the next big trend in crypto

In particular, crypto communities have grown and evolved in various new and exciting ways, with Twitter serving as a dominant space for discourse, followed by Reddit and, more recently, Clubhouse. Discord and Telegram have mainly served as community management tools and outlets for project-specific conversations.

The common denominator? None of these platforms really abide by the crypto principles of decentralization, privacy and user rights. A redesign of social media and community spaces in line with core crypto principles seems inevitable, not just for a safer medium of expression but also for an elevated economic ecosystem focused on thriving.

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Article: When will social media be decentralized?

Censorship, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

When will social media be decentralized?|Wan Sze-zit | Apple DailyWhen will social media be decentralized?

Relatively speaking, the P2P system agreement can protect users against censorship more effectively, as it is a system of decentralization structure that does not use servers and is not dependent on administrators. Even if other parts of the internet are out of order, it still works, provided there is a connection between at least two devices.

If a few options of decentralization structures such as Aether (P2P edition of Reddit) or PeerTube (P2P edition of YouTube) prevail in the course of time in the social media world so that individuals are less dependent on high-tech enterprises and the insolence of the latter is curbed, everything will be more peaceful and better.

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Article: Why Do We Urgently Need Web 3.0?

Censorship, Decentralized Internet, Deplatforming, Web 3.0

Why Do We Urgently Need Web 3.0?

It is safe to say that the World Wide Web has become an abomination in light of what its creator, Tim Berners-Lee, envisioned it as — a decentralized, open exchange of information. Now, it is riddled with choking points. However, the good news is that Bitcoin (BTC) has already demonstrated the case for decentralization. As a sovereign, leaderless, deflationary currency, the cryptocurrency is now widely in use as a hedge against inflation.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are able to counter centralized monetary power because they are decentralized and secured by blockchain. Can this technology be used to accomplish the same for the internet?

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Article: Blockchain Technology’s Potential to Disrupt Social Media Platforms

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Media, Web 3.0

Blockchain Technology’s Potential to Disrupt Social Media Platforms

While mainstream social media platforms have revolutionized the way we interact with one another and made eCommerce more effective thanks to targeted advertising, these platforms have serious flaws, notably data and privacy breached that should not be ignored. The advent of blockchain social media offers a plausible solution to these challenges, allowing individuals to interact over decentralized and distributed networks without third parties’ praying eyes.

Blockchain social media offers numerous benefits. Among other benefits, they allow users to enjoy greater privacy, assert better control of their data, and express themselves freely without drastic consequences or account censorship. Better still, decentralized social media allows users to earn income on their activities on the platform, including content creation and other interactions.

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Article: VPNs are No More Sufficient to Protect Your Privacy on the Web

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

VPNs are No More Sufficient to Protect Your Privacy on the Web

Well, the reason lies in the very word that ails the freedom on the internet today — centralization. Centralized businesses manage and control the VPNs we use today. These central entities offer bandwidth to users for a premium fee, and they store their users’ data on a centralized server. Now, we all know that anything with a centralized infrastructure is highly susceptible to hacks.

It’s best to conclude by saying the same thing we started with: we are fighting a never-ending battle against cybercriminals. While in the future it may be something else, today, one of the best solutions in sight for personal security and privacy on the web seems to be a decentralized private network.

Article: Torum: DeFi + NFT + Social Media – the Next Brilliant Utility Innovation in the Blockchain World?

Blockchain, Crypto

Torum: DeFi + NFT + Social Media - the Next Brilliant Utility Innovation in  the Blockchain World? – Press release Bitcoin NewsTorum: DeFi + NFT + Social Media – the Next Brilliant Utility Innovation in the Blockchain World?

Competing face-to-face with social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit is plain suicidal, which is why Torum is fundamentally designed only for crypto addicts and followers. This separates Torum from other crypto social media contenders that accept users from different backgrounds, including those who do not even share the same crypto interest.

Integrating crypto innovations like DeFi and NFT provides crypto communities with a solid reason to join Torum while ensuring the platform remains appealing only to people who are interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain related topics and discussions.

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Article: Myanmar citizens find ways around crackdown on internet

Access, Advanced Cyber I/O, Autonomous Internet, Governance

File picture: PexelsMyanmar citizens find ways around crackdown on internet

hundreds of thousands of protesters and citizens in Myanmar are finding different ways to communicate online, downloading tools to bypass censorship restrictions and turning to alternative media sources and underground networks, according to new research.

They have moved to a mirror site of Facebook on the dark web, used apps that rely on Bluetooth technology to continue messaging each other and turned to lesser known social media platforms to stay connected, according to Recorded Future Inc., a closely held cybersecurity firm based near Boston.

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