Today’s prominent Big Tech platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon, and other platforms, are constantly harvesting our data, spying on us, grouping us, and singling us out when we dissent from any pre-approved mainstream narrative on any subject deemed controversial. For example, you don’t think grown men who identify as women should be able to share a bathroom with little girls? Well, you are banned for hate speech! Of course, this is just one of many possible examples of how Big Tech centralized platforms are out of control!
Worse, these centralized Big Tech platforms are selling our data and they are assisting political agendas that are against the best interests of we, the people, such as removing our right (and ability) to have free speech, removing our right to advertise and earn a living, and removing our right to communicate. In many cases, they’ve even restricted our ability to access information. Some have celebrated the censorship and banning of their enemies, but, eventually, they will be silenced, too!
There’s no doubt that technology companies play an ever-increasingly large role in our lives, and the power that they wield is immense! Shadow banning, outright banning, censorship, algorithm manipulation, surveillance, data mining, and arbitrary moderation; this is just the tip of the iceberg, and what’s beneath the surface is undoubtedly more sinister and menacing! The only thing that we can do to improve the situation is to abandon these platforms and create our own decentralized platforms. Of course, not every problem with the current centralized web is sinister. For example, consider the HTTP protocol with top-level-domains.
Hashtag Space and Meta Hash are built upon a decentralized platform that allows us to get rid of the traditional protocols and TLDs and replace it with hashtag domains. Until now, HTTP protocols and .com TLDs have been the only way to access the World Wide Web. Finding a domain that is right for your company or campaign may be virtually impossible. Hashtag Space has introduced the new Gold Rush, a decentralized domain name service where users can purchase and register #domains (example: #GoldRush), but this is only the beginning!
The way it works is simple. All you have to do is point your #domain to your URL on the current web, and voila! Your website will operate as a decentralized hashtag domain. Of course, this is only the beginning of something great. Hashtag Space and Meta Hash are working endlessly to decentralize the Internet.
Centralized Platforms vs. Decentralized Platforms
Centralized systems are the norm today. This just means that a single company owns a platform and the users have to connect to that platform’s servers in order to use it. Therefore, your account isn’t yours at all! With these centralized platforms, users are essentially granted access in exchange for providing the companies with their data. By contrast, decentralized systems are not owned by any single entity, and, in general, the data is both created and distributed by the users themselves. This distinction means that users full control over their data on such platforms.
How Decentralized Platforms Stack Up Against the Problems of Our Current Centralized Platforms
Gatekeepers: With centralized platforms, owners of the platforms can act as gatekeepers, arbitrarily denying or granting access. On the other hand, as long as users follow the rules for a decentralized protocol, anyone anywhere can access those systems.
Censorship: Overzealous censors and moderators can ban or restrict users at any time with or without cause, and there is little or nothing that can be done about it. In comparison, most decentralized platforms, such as ours, are censorship resistant, and there are no authorities that can censor or delete users.
Data Mining: Many centralized services collect and share users’ data in many ways. Our decentralized services use public key cryptography. This way, you have more control over who can and can’t see your data.
Source Code: Most centralized platforms are closed sourced, so you don’t know how they work or what they are doing behind the scenes. Algorithms can be manipulated in order to control what you can and can’t see. Our decentralized projects are free and open sourced, so anyone can view how our software works.
Ownership: If you use centralized servers, they usually control the keys to your data and can access everything you do on their platforms. Your private messages are not private at all. Public key cryptography is a key feature of decentralized platforms, where you alone own your keys, meaning only you and your recipients can view private messages.