This may turn out to be a bit controversial. Mihai Alisie is the founder and CEO of AKASHA, an Internet where privacy and freedom of expression are embedded into the code. The result will be a new online service that will be impossible to censor or for any governmental or other organization to control. It promises to deliver true democracy.
Today’s Internet is heavily censored, according to Alisie. Established companies need to comply with certain requests to remain in business, some such requests involve censorship. Many governments heavily censor the information visible to their citizens. Today’s centralized architecture allows companies to honor such requests. Where governments burned books in the past, censorship’s reach now includes millions of petabytes and billions of people.
Mihai Alisie says, “We are basically living in an information age plagued by arbitrary censorship and digital amnesia, affecting every Internet user.”
He also wrote, “What would happen if there was no server to delete information from and instead the content would live forever on a decentralized network serving data through a fractal of nodes? We’re about to find out.”
If there were no server to delete information from, content would exist forever on a decentralized network, providing data through a fractal of nodes. Alisie noted that this is what his team is about to unleash.
The use of Ethereum removes the need for individual servers, eliminating all the problems associated with censorship from the design stage. Instead of one server, information will be distributed across thousands of servers with no one person or organization in control. IPFS and its permanent web infrastructure ensure access to information via a planetary scale information network with no central points of bottlenecks and failure.
Will this succeed or will it fall by the wayside like so many other well-meaning proposals?
You can read more in the AKASHA Blog at http://blog.akasha.world/2016/05/03/unveiling-akasha/.