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: Two Web3.0 companies solving the privacy crisis

Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Web 3.0

Two Web3.0 companies solving the privacy crisis

Awareness of just how invasive the platforms we live on is reaching a crescendo. Governments are trying to regulate them, and the majority of people simply want some level of our personal data to stay personal. There are next generation solutions and platforms like Brave and Signal available to do just that, put the control in the hands of the user and let us decide what data we are happy to share.

Google’s ad revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $46.20 billion, a large portion of this ad revenue could be potentially disrupted by Brave and Signal. Our research teams are watching the emergence of privacy-focused technology very closely as these innovations could change how brands and customers interact forever.

Understanding Web 3.0 platforms is critical for investors to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to returns you can make in the future, follow us to learn more.

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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: Why are we still using email in the age of instant messaging?

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Why are we still using email in the age of instant messaging?

The struggle to provide meaningful real-time collaboration tools with outside parties is why email has remained so prevalent in the age of instant messaging. But change has arrived. An open, decentralized network benefits from being able to support interoperability between millions of users, making it well suited to the largest organizations and their entire ecosystem. Long gone are the days of being forced to switch between siloed systems.

Email may never die, but open-sourced and decentralized technologies will guide the way for the instant messaging and collaboration tool market. Interoperability is the key and Matrix is the open communication layer of the web that organizations have been looking for.

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Article: What if we Gave Users Control of Their Own Digital Identity?

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

What if we Gave Users Control of Their Own Digital

This is sometimes called decentralized or self-sovereign identity and it represents a radical shift in the power dynamic between service providers, identity providers and users.

It’s not just a pipe dream either – but a rising current in the sector. In early 2020, Gartner proposed that “decentralized identity and the renewed interest in protecting privacy and data ownership will be transformational. There is a reasonable indication that the winners in the next decade will be those that figure out the new formulas for adopting a decentralized identity.”

Decentralized identity could put users in control of their own identity. It reduces their level of risk when the next mega breach hits, releases businesses from the burden of storing personal information and as a result, improves compliance with privacy regulations.

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Article: How digital infrastructure is changing our lives

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet

How digital infrastructure is changing our lives

Digitalisation is one of the biggest gifts we have received from this pandemic. From healthcare, to our workplaces, to education, it has now touched every aspect of our lives, and like never before.

Perhaps the biggest change that happened around us was how everything decentralised. Organisations and governments realised that, much like in IT systems, decentralisation brings in resilience and ensures continuity. This phenomenon played itself everywhere – in work, healthcare, education, retail, hospitality.

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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: Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker

Cyber-Security, Software

Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker

A pressure group set up by Austrian privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems has launched a new campaign in France, this time complaining that Google’s Android advertising tool violates European Union rules by failing to get users’ consent.

noyb (none of your business), established by Schrems to take on the Internet giants and others over perceived privacy violations in Europe, said it launched action against the Android Advertising Identifier (AAID) claiming that the “somewhat hidden ID” allows Google and all apps on the phone to track a user and combine information about online and mobile behavior.

“While these trackers clearly require the users’ consent (as known from ‘cookie banners’), Google neglects this legal requirement,” said noyb.

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Article: Government Efforts To Block Twitter URLs Increased by 10 Times Since 2016, Data Shows

Deplatforming, Governance, Media

Government Efforts To Block Twitter URLs Increased by 10 Times Since 2016, Data Shows

The government regulations expand its ability to police online content in the name of national security and public order, which many believe take away individual digital rights. They would not only restrict free speech, experts worry, but would be a disservice to readers and consumers in prohibiting them from accessing multiple perspectives and ideas.

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