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A Second Internet, Coming Soon, Courtesy of the Blockchain
« on: September 30, 2016, 05:20:24 AM »
A lot of weird stuff has been happening to data inside the internet’s walled gardens. It has been getting shut down by the people who own the sites we all depend on. There’s a protest going on at Facebook over the issue right now. One Turkish journalist is saying that his account has been blocked inside the country, at his government’s request; Palestinian journalists have a similar problem. YouTubers believe that their videos have been getting unfairly de-monetized by mindless robots.

On a more macro level, publishers that had worked hard to build a Facebook driven traffic strategy saw their traffic plummet when the social media giant decided it preferred user generated content. These decisions cut more deeply because so many organizations depend entirely on the big social sites for relevance. Some of them don’t even have standalone websites.

NowThis was feted at its founding in 2012 for building a news organization that assumed all of its content would be distributed on sprawling social networks, but it hasn’t caught on as a cultural force. Social network driven growth was a seductive way to reduce friction marshaling powerful network effects to build audience, which made it easier for content to go viral. That said, it seems like publishers forgot to consider the potential downside of depending on someone else’s IP to distribute content?

A Union Square Ventures and Y Combinator backed startup called Blockstack, just barely out of stealth mode, has been designing an alternative browser for what could be fairly described as another internet, one powered by the bitcoin blockchain. “They are in it for the long run,” Muneeb Ali, a CTO and Cofounder, said of his investors, during an interview with the Observer at his office. “They actually believe that this is the future.” In other words, even if a different kind of internet undermines past investments, investors still want to be positioned well for the next ones.

Blockstack’s browser, a fork of Chromium, is the first application for an internet that works much as this Economist journalist described in a prior post by the Observer. In its first version, it will only have access to this new internet. Some day, it could be built to work for both.

Ali spoke on the TEDxNewYork 2016 stage, describing an internet that couldn’t be censored. In that talk, he said, “The new internet takes away power from these large companies and takes it to where it always belonged, with the people.” The architecture the team has built is completely open source.

more. http://observer.com/2016/09/a-second-internet-coming-soon-courtesy-of-the-blockchain/

https://blockstack.org/
« Last Edit: September 30, 2016, 05:24:45 AM by Blizzardnh »
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Re: A Second Internet, Coming Soon, Courtesy of the Blockchain
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2016, 07:51:28 AM »
Query:  will this "new" internet allow us regular-joe users to avoid the crackdown that's coming once the U.S. gives up control of the root name servers to the likes of Russia and China?

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Re: A Second Internet, Coming Soon, Courtesy of the Blockchain
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2016, 08:22:51 AM »
Query:  will this "new" internet allow us regular-joe users to avoid the crackdown that's coming once the U.S. gives up control of the root name servers to the likes of Russia and China?
That's what I would like to see--alternatives to just one (even more heavily controlled) web.
Though done before photoshop...

Stalin's 'enemies' disappeared one by one through successive image alterations as they fell from grace. Even easier now, and Winston Smith's Memory Hole is alive and well in the digital age.

Just another 404...
« Last Edit: September 30, 2016, 08:27:25 AM by Smokin Joe »
How God must weep at humans' folly! Stand fast! God knows what he is doing!

And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. Nehemiah 4:14 (KJV)

Well, here we go! Hang on kiddies, it could be one heckuva ride!

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Re: A Second Internet, Coming Soon, Courtesy of the Blockchain
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 07:21:02 PM »
I don't have a lot of understanding of the bitcoin blockchain, but as I understand it, it is essentially a self-supporting mechanism that does not require a central clearing house for its success; that is, its veracity can be relied upon even though there is no entity or organization that manages it or can vouchsafe for its veracity.  The backbone of the internet is the domain name system ("DNS"); the system that reflects the registration of domain names and maps domain names to IP addresses.  Right now the fundamental name servers are all maintained by, and vouchsafed by, ICANN, the company that Obama wants to cede to the authoritarians and tyrants of the world.  If a DNS system could be constructed along the lines of the bitcoin blockchain, then it would no longer depend on the whims of an organization controlled by people and countries who cannot be trusted.

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Re: A Second Internet, Coming Soon, Courtesy of the Blockchain
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2016, 08:39:42 AM »
Query:  will this "new" internet allow us regular-joe users to avoid the crackdown that's coming once the U.S. gives up control of the root name servers to the likes of Russia and China?
  @Smokin Joe

I sure hope so. Otherwise my illegally downloaded internet porn collection with probably stand at 4,986 titles.  :laugh:


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