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: Decentralized Internet Is Of The People, By The People, For The People

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Decentralized Internet Is Of The People, By The People, For The People

What is decentralization? I say decentralization is the future, and after reading this post, I am sure you will agree. Imagine a world where people have all the right to manage their will, free to say anything that they wish, a world where a central entity can’t control your behavior or set norms that are unfair and most often monopolistic. So to simply take away the power of central institutions and give that power back to the people who hold a stake in that institution can be termed decentralization. Wait but the internet is already decentralized, right? cause we have the right to express our views on many social media and how is that different from the decentralized media?. That is exactly what those multibillion-dollar companies want you to believe and trust me that is not true at all.

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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: What Will The Future Internet Look Like?

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

What Will The Future Internet Look Like?

When the Web 3.0 arrives it will be marked by many of the features already familiar to proponents of blockchain technology. With the Web 3.0  individuals and businesses will be able to trade assets and information with others whom they do not already know or trust without an intermediary. This will rapidly increase the opportunities for everyone to interact, creating a far richer set of experiences.

While the internet has always promised decentralization, the Web 3.0 will deliver it: a freer and more community driven world wide web.

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Article: Introducing the Public Interest Internet

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Introducing the Public Interest Internet

But on the real internet, one or two clicks away from that handful of conglomerates, there remains a wider, more diverse, and more generous world. Often run by volunteers, frequently without any obvious institutional affiliation, sometimes tiny, often local, but free for everyone online to use and contribute to, this internet preceded Big Tech, and inspired the earliest, most optimistic vision of its future place in society.

When Big Tech is long gone, a better future will come from the seed of this public interest internet: seeds that are being planted now, and which need everyone to nurture them until they’re strong enough to sustain our future in a more open and free society.

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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: The new digital, decentralized economy needs academic validation

Academia, Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

The new digital, decentralized economy needs academic validation

The crypto revolution is driven by “rockstars,” visionaries who often lack an academic background. Their ideas of decentralization and openness are refreshingly anti-systemic and optimistic. Still, these visions are only possible thanks to the work of generations of scientists who laid down the foundations of current crypto protocols decades ago, and continue developing them today. The shape and form that the crypto revolution takes will be the product of dreams and ideologies on the one hand, and peer-reviewed research and development on the other — in equal measure.

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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: How To Decentralize Virtual Communities?

Decentralized Internet, Media

How To Decentralize Virtual Communities?

Decentralized social networks and communities provide a higher level of control and autonomy for members than centralized ones. There are also federated decentralized social networks and communities. The principle of interaction between users is significantly different.

For example, Twitter allows users to post and receive messages only to those with Twitter accounts (for example, Twitter users cannot post to Facebook accounts due to the lack of cross-platform). Federated decentralized social networks and communities allow users to communicate independently of the network and community. This is the main difference between decentralized social networks and centralized social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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Article: Leaving the Social Media Stockyard

Decentralized Internet

Leaving the Social Media Stockyard

Is it too late to return to the promise of a better, more decentralized Internet? Not yet, if we take a stand by returning to the blogosphere. Seriously. Anyone who can navigate posting and commenting on Twitter or Facebook, can post to a blog and do so for free with blog hosts like WordPress.com.

It is time we took back control. A healthier Internet need not be free of social media, but it must have far more decentralized interaction from us, so social providers have to actually compete for our attention. The blogosphere offers the path to that better Internet.

And, in the meantime, freed from bondage to rage-inducing algorithms, the process will likely keep your blood pressure more in check, too.

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