While EU countries are not yet so impacted by enforced censorship over the web content, if we look deeper we will find out that this is not exactly the case around the world.Countries like Sweden and Norway are known to be enforcing the least internet censorship while countries like China and Pakistan are under heavy surveillance and content control.US recently shined on the censorship scene with the senate voting bill SESTA/FOSTA which undermines section 230.The section that is protecting online platforms from the liability for some types of speech. Censorship heavy countries like China forbid political news, pornography and entire websites like Facebook and Youtube. North Korea ? Turkey ?Even in countries where social media sites flourish, censorship is still wielded by controllers who restrict politically charged posts or content that insults companies and their founders.The attacks on free speech and content are too many to be listed.And we can monitor a stable trend towards censorship.
Centralized Control And Single Point Of Failure
Centralized control is the main reason we are vulnerable to censorship.
Together with the centralized control comes the single point of failure.
About a third of the Internet went down in 2017 for about five hours due to an Amazon Web Services glitch. Various heavy used websites and apps like Slack, Twitch running on the service were slowed down or rendered unusable. Between Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Alibaba, and other companies, it turns out that a lot of the Internet is controlled by just a few players, which makes it somewhat vulnerable to unexpected failures and exploitation.
One possible solution to counteract this is to create Web 3.0 by crowdsourcing the Internet. Rather than being stored on single servers, these decentralized applications (“Dapps”) will be stored on and run by masternodes all over the world. Decentralized media , decentralized file sharing and storage , and even decentralized games are just a few of the “future Internet” applications.
Why Should We Care?
There are a few reasons you might be excited:
- This could make the Internet more secure, reliable, and private. Spreading encrypted data across many computers and masternodes makes it less hackable, less likely to be unavailable, and less exploitable.
- Dapps built on the right infrastructure have no single point of failure – they can’t be taken down by a glitch, a hacker, a company, or a government.
- They are much more flexible, trustless, and transparent than traditional apps.
- Our freedom is at risk.