Blockchain technology, it should be noted, provides a potentially critical solution to this problem. Though IPs could still be hijacked at the lowest level, a blockchain-powered routing layer would allow enterprises to connect their devices and infrastructures via a private network without publishing their IP addresses — the ones bad actors could use to target their particular services. And within this layer, every connection between devices can be encrypted without using the centralized authorities that have been a key vulnerability in current architectures.
Decentralization is at the core of the crypto-currency revolution, and its importance is increasing in the post-Covid-19 era. The Bitcoin Foundation’s Manifesto states: “the technology is completely decentralized, and the founder does not head up an organization that sets the strategy, governance, and standards.” In fact, Bitcoin was the first Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). There is no centralized hub or authority that owns and runs “the Bitcoin.” The governance is by consensus through Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs). Contrast this how various solutions are governed in, say, centralized financial organizations such as large Banks, with often archaic and rigid hierarchical structures. Now, there are many DOAs and a robust DAO ecosystem.
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While Zoom and Microsoft Teams might have grabbed many of the headlines for keeping us connected during lockdown, open source tools have also been making significant progress.
For example, technology developed by UK software company Element is to be rolled out by the German education system to provide collaboration tools for half a million seats in the states of Schlesweig-Holstein and Hamburg.