Saturday, October 26, 2019

Will blockchain-driven P2P replace the world-wide web? Also, Zuckerberg on "harmful" inauthentic free speech

Paul Vigna has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today that explains a new P2P-more-or-less model to “replace” the Web.  That is, when you post something on social media, the content (especially an image or video) would come from your own “usb-like” private device, and companies couldn’t use it to sell your data.

The title of the article is “Tech Giants Have Hijacked the Web. It’s Time for a Reboot”. 

The proposed platform model is called “Elixxir”, for the blockchain, by David Chaum.  Of course, we had P2P before the blockchain (like Napster).

I am not sure how this would affect conventional blogging or hosted sites.  It would raise questions about photography in public and maybe how copyright is interpreted.

Today I had a situation, at a public fundraiser (an AIDSWalk) where someone told me he came to raise money but didn’t want to be photographed.  That contradicts the normal notion of fundraising and speech in public (although three decades ago, before the Internet, gay people went to the trouble not to be filmed at gay events by major television media).

Distantly related to this is Ryan Tracy’s coverage of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent speech at Georgetown University in Washington.
Zuckerberg says there is obvious tension between allowing people to say publicly whatever they want about an issue and winding up with the political result a particular group wants.. But he says that only a very small percentage of legitimate users (as opposed to fakes or bots) want to radicalize others.
This speech will need more discussion later.

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