Article: A People-Centric Approach to Securing Cyberspace

Civil Society, Cyber-Security

Colonial Cyber Attack, Ransomware Impact Raises Alarm About Internet FutureA People-Centric Approach to Securing Cyberspace

Resolving these competing visions of the digital future will be key to reining in cybercrime and defending data privacy from governments and Big Tech, but it will require the same kind of global response that precipitated the rise of the climate change activism. The truth is, if we want to save the internet from becoming the hunting ground of criminal bandits, dictators, demagogues and wealthy tech dilletantes with a political axe to grind, the public itself is going to have to take radical action.

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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: The Problem with Centralized Internet

Decentralized Internet

The Problem with Centralized Internet

Internet today is about gatekeepers. For instance, if you want to access a website, it requires going through multiple middlemen. First, a domain name server, then a server hosting company, which usually directs you to a third party, i.e; a web hosting service and this happens every time you try to open a website on the internet. These gatekeepers, however, are quite vulnerable to cyber-attacks and also make censorship & surveillance very easy.

By using decentralized internet, we can make sure that the content is accessible to everyone, at all times, and without the intervention of any powerful & unjust middlemen. With this form of internet, we can also exercise our freedom and fight against censorship and unwanted surveillance.

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Article: The Metaverse, Web3, and the Inevitability of NFTs

Crypto, Web 3.0

The Metaverse, Web3, and the Inevitability of NFTs

NFTs’ astronomic rise was the culmination of the initial innovation in 2017, the steadily established infrastructure of exchanges & wallets, and macro tailwinds.

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Article: New Era Of Privacy Fostered By Decentralized Cloud: Interview With CEO Of Opacity Jason Coppola

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

New Era Of Privacy Fostered By Decentralized Cloud: Interview With CEO Of Opacity Jason Coppola

Outrageously, data selling activities make up a fair share of profit of such tech giants as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, and also fueling allegedly ‘free’ online resources like Wikipedia. This inevitably points to the fundamental flaw within the system that has to be bailed out before it becomes too late.

Right now, blockchain stands at the forefront of a revolution aiming to brush off the most inferior manifestations of the capitalistic order – and the unquenched appetite for unfair gain at the expense of individual freedom is among them. Instead, this groundbreaking technology maintains the promise of giving back the reins of control in the hands of people to whom it rightfully belongs.

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Article: “Wikimedia has shown that the web can continue to be an open space for free knowledge,” according to researcher Pablo Aragón

Access, Knowledge, Open Source

“Wikimedia has shown that the web can continue to be an open space for free knowledge,” according to researcher Pablo Aragón

Aragón explains that in recent decades there has been a profound change in the ways of accessing information, working, and producing goods. At the same time, society has witnessed how the paradigmatic model of a distributed web where knowledge flowed freely has been deteriorating.

The researcher explains that the Internet has become an infrastructure dominated by a few platforms that concentrate activity, limit access to content and commercially exploit citizens’ data, sometimes with terrible consequences.

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Article: Sentinel’s Decentralized VPN Protocol Launches on Cosmos Mainnet

Decentralized Internet, Software

Sentinel’s Decentralized VPN Protocol Launches on Cosmos Mainnet

Some governments block certain websites, such as Google or Wikipedia, based on geo-fencing, which means they can block it for people within different geographic regions. VPNs help evade that restriction by letting people connect to servers in areas outside the geo-fenced one.

A decentralized VPN takes these privacy measures a few steps further in that it can’t be compromised by a central actor or shut down by closing the company or server running it. In this way, it’s more resilient than a centralized VPN. Additionally, because all the code is open source, a trusted third party isn’t needed; rather, users can just check themselves.

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Launching Competitor Due To Wikipedia’s Left-Wing Bias

Censorship, Content Integrity, Knowledge

Wikipedia Co-Founder Launching Competitor Due To Wikipedia’s Left-Wing Bias

Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger announced he is starting an alternative to Wikipedia due to the fact they have been taken over by the left.

Sanger told Just the News that his new, forthcoming project, called “Encyclosphere,” is a decentralized network of the world’s encyclopedias, what he called “an old-fashioned, leaderless, ownerless network, like the blogosphere.”

Sanger said just as there are no administrators in the blogosphere, “in the same way, I want to create a protocol that very loosely ties all the encyclopedias online together.”

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Article: Decentralized File Sharing, Explained

Decentralized Internet, Software

Decentralized File Sharing, ExplainedDecentralized File Sharing, Explained

As the digital era has progressed, the internet has become a vast and complex web of data and files that communicate using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP. As internet traffic has increased over time and the sheer volume of information transmitted has become enormous, HTTP has started to crack under this strain. For example, each time we load a web page, HTTP is used to retrieve content from centralized servers. If the content involves transmitting large files, it may consume a lot of bandwidth. If a server is taken down, a website might still exist but with missing pieces, such as images or graphic files.

Furthermore, due to a reliance on centralized servers, HTTP makes it easy to introduce censorship.

Decentralized file sharing has emerged as a solution to some of these problems. Torrenting is the best-known solution by the general public. Torrenting has been used as a way of distributing much larger files, such as audio and video, over the internet to overcome the challenges of using HTTP.

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Mongoose: Mastodon.org to Replace Twitter?

Autonomous Internet

The world is rising up against #GoogleGestapo. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are the early targets for replacement but Amazon, Google, MeetUp, and Wikipedia are all on the priority target list.

See below for graphic and rationale.  Not the whole solution but worthy.

 

How it works

Anyone can run a server of Mastodon. Each server hosts individual user accounts, the content they produce, and the content they subscribe to.

Each user account has a globally unique name (e.g. @user@example.com), consisting of the local username (@user), and the domain name of the server it is on (example.com).

Users can follow each other, regardless of where they’re hosted — when a local user follows a user from a different server, the server subscribes to that user’s updates for the first time.

Why is that cool?

Fediverse

Servers are run independently by different people and organizations. They can apply wildly different moderation policies, so you can find or make one that fits your taste perfectly. A decentralized network is harder for governments to censor. If one server goes bankrupt or starts acting unethically, the network persists so you never have to worry about migrating your friends and audience to a yet another platform again.