Article: Regulation, Moderation, and Social Media Decentralization

Decentralized Internet, Media, Web 3.0

Regulation, Moderation, and Social Media Decentralization

Enter the Decentralized Social Media (DSM) model, a polycentric model of online interaction recently proposed on Medium by Ross Ulbricht, the currently imprisoned founder of Silk Road, an infamous illicit online marketplace that jump-started the popularity of Bitcoin in the early 2000s.

To oversimplify, Ulbricht’s DSM model would remove those automatic and manual moderation tools from under the hood of a social media’s servers and place those same processes in the device of the social media user under the control of separate companies that stand to profit from providing moderation and aggregation services at the discretion of the device owner. Users could access any or all of the web’s available social media content feeds at once and only be fed content within their own acceptable parameters while retaining ownership of their user data. All of this would be done through the operant function of Bitcoin, the encrypted blockchain.

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Article: Money Reimagined: NFTs Can Help Create a New Internet

Crypto, Decentralized Internet, Digital Content, Web 3.0

Money Reimagined: NFTs Can Help Create a New Internet

In establishing digital scarcity via one-of-a-kind tokens, and in holding out the promise of peer-to-peer digital media exchanges, NFTs hint at new approaches for media companies and brands to engage directly with their audiences without the intermediation of the platforms.

NFTs pose their own ownership issues. Many buyers are discovering they don’t really own the art or content to which they are attached.

And, as Khloe Kardashian’s bikini photo saga shows, it’s very hard to stop the replication of content, especially when it’s going viral. NFTs can’t physically stop or control the copying of digital content.

However, we can establish standards assuring that special rights to NFT-associated content are not controlled by a separate custodial platform but are assigned to the token owner and  cryptographically bundled with the token itself so they can be easily transferred to the buyer with each downstream sale.

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Article: How Non-Fungible Tokens Will be Present at Events and How to Start Applying Them Now

Crypto, Digital Content

How Non-Fungible Tokens Will be Present at Events and How to Start Applying Them Now

As we look forward from where NFTs began, it is evident that NFTs will soon become entrenched in live, virtual, and hybrid events as these certificates of authenticity become a favorite among artists. Messari analyst Mason Nystrom predicts the NFT market will surpass $1.3 billion by the end of 2021.

No matter your knowledge of cryptocurrency, you can start applying NFTs at your events through downloads, discounts, redeeming customized swag, and gamification elements. Here are a few key elements to keep in mind when thinking about NFTs.

  • Ticketing
  • Downloads
  • Swag
  • Gamification

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Article: ‘A Crazy Success Story’: Trevor Jones’ NFT Gamble Pays Off

Crypto, Digital Content, Money

‘A Crazy Success Story’: Trevor Jones’ NFT Gamble Pays Off

Jones, 51, didn’t go to college until his thirties and worked three to four jobs after graduating to support his painting career. Today, he still leads a relatively quiet life with his wife outside Edinburgh, Scotland. To him, his journey in the NFT art world has been “a crazy success story.”

“It started with being depressed at 30 and deciding to do an art degree,” he says, “to [becoming] an overnight sensation.” His rise is emblematic of the transformative effect the recent NFT boom has had on artists’ lives. Far from an abstract internet phenomenon, NFTs are responsible for some becoming millionaires – in the exclusive art world no less, where it’s not easy to get rich.

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Article: Open-source software: freedom from ethics?

Open Source, Software

Open-source software: freedom from ethics?

Open-source software is distributed with a licence that generally allows anyone to use, study, change, or share its source code, without restrictions on how the software is used or by whom. The Open Source Initiative, which governs the most widely used open-source licences, even goes so far as to say that this means “giving evil people freedom, too.” Supporters of the Hippocratic Licence and other ethical licences like it believe it is time for programmers to take a less passive approach.

“It’s time for open-source to grow up and start taking responsibility for how it’s being used. We can’t stick to these […] libertarian ideals of ultimate freedom, when we exist in a society where the work that we do impacts others, sometimes in devastating ways,” said Ehmke. “I love the way open-source has transformed the world, and I think it has potential to continue. But we have to get our house in order.”

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Article: 3 Tips for Succeeding When Your Industry is Dominated By a Monopoly

Blockchain, Commercial Intelligence

3 Tips for Succeeding When Your Industry is Dominated By a Monopoly

Here are three tips on how your business can thrive in a monopolistic industry.

  1. Be flexible where they can’t
  2. Solve a unique problem
  3. Be a first mover

A further interesting technological opportunity is blockchain technology. Besides providing the framework for cryptocurrencies, this technology offers a variety of interesting use-cases that attract big-tech skeptics like bees to honey. From blockchain-based file storage, to smart-contract based transactions and decentralized governance, all of these aspects can be applied to an endless variety of .

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Article: Jillian York and Karen Gullo (counterpoint): Users, not government, should control online speech

Censorship, Deplatforming, Governance, Media

Jillian York and Karen Gullo (counterpoint): Users, not government, should control online speech

Big tech companies would have more control over online speech than they already have because they can afford the legal fights that will scare off new entrants to the market. What’s more, they would push legal, protected speech offline, and silence the voices of marginalized and less powerful people who rely on the internet to speak out — a diverse set of people that includes activists, journalists, LGBTQ individuals and many more.

Instead, users should have more power to control what they see on their feeds. They should be able to move freely with their data from one platform to another when they don’t like what they see.

Article: Justice Clarence Thomas Takes Aim At Tech And Its Power ‘To Cut Off Speech’

Censorship, Deplatforming

Justice Clarence Thomas Takes Aim At Tech And Its Power ‘To Cut Off Speech’

Others applauded Thomas’ remarks, including Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute.

“The Thomas concurrence regarding Big Tech has everything: 1) legitimizing the threat of concentrated corporate power; 2) Google gatekeeping info for 90% of the world; 3) gov’t outsourcing censorship; 4) justifications for common carrier regulation,” Bovard tweeted.

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Article: Big Tech Will Soon Use Your Smartphone, Other Gadgets To Monitor What You Do, Report Says

Censorship, Deplatforming

Big Tech Will Soon Use Your Smartphone, Other Gadgets To Monitor What You Do, Report Says

But whose standards are these? There is an implicit bias in whichever standards the coalition will build given that these Big Tech companies are often under the wing of high level politicians.

“What’s happening now in this country, nobody ever thought would happen. It is total censorship,” the former president said, attacking Big Tech. “You don’t have free speech in this country. But you know what happens, they take it off and now people talk about it more.”

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Article: Big Tech Becoming Big Brother: Whatever Computer Privacy That’s Still Left Is About to Be Gone

Censorship, Cyber-Security, Deplatforming

Big Tech Becoming Big Brother: Whatever Computer Privacy That’s Still Left Is About to Be Gone

Now a coalition of Big Tech and mainstream media companies are pushing new technology that could turn your phone or computer into an informant. Everything created on a device with a computer chip could be traced back to the author. Everything. Every post, every photo, and every video will have the creator’s digital signature on it.

“It’s not a bad idea to track down on information that’s false or misleading or deceptive. The problem is who are you going to put in charge of that? The people who have been put on in charge of it over the past four years, Silicon Valley companies, they’ve abused that power to crack down on information and viewpoints that they don’t like. They can use it as a tool of political interference.”

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