More Demands for PrivacyOne of the current issues repeatedly coming up in public discussions concerns privacy. Due to high-profile incidents involving Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it’s become clear that our existing privacy framework online is failing. Can we really trust centralized bodies to not use and sell our personal information without our knowledge? According to many commentators, this supposed ‘trust’ between tech giants and consumers is coming to an end. The concerns over privacy are only rendered more complicated by artificial intelligence. Although small steps towards social responsibility have been implemented, there is still the fear that algorithms are eating up more and more of our privacy and rendering our ‘choices’ obsolete.
Internet Censorship on the RiseMozilla’s report also points towards another pressing problem: Internet censorship. Last year, there were 188 Internet shutdowns by state governments — not including all the Internet slowdowns. Even worse, some states have begun heavily engaging in biometrics and digital surveillance. Digital identities are becoming more standardized, to our detriment. This trend, coupled with AI, has a tendency to amplify injustices based on flawed data — especially against marginalized groups. Although the Internet’s basis is arguably freedom, we are now seeing the world pull the technology in the opposite direction.
The Internet Needs a CureLuckily, we have the cure for the Internet’s sickness: decentralized networks. Blockchain-based distributed ledgers can solve the fundamental problem currently choking the Internet: centralization. The only reason state entities and tech giants can spy, shut off our Internet, and use our personal information seemingly at will is due to us being forced to trust them. Decentralized systems provide us with a way out. Instead of regulating states and firms to be more “responsible,” we should take the power out of their hands entirely. Blockchain provides us with the cure the Internet needs. The question is, will the powers that be stop this natural progression forward? Blockchain provides us with the cure the Internet needs. The question is, will the powers that be stop this natural progression forward? Click To Tweet Do you agree that blockchain technology is the ‘cure’ the Internet desperately needs right now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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