The Twitter Hacks And Battles Of Plato, Socrates And Aristotle — Social Media Needs Blockchain To Prevent Hacks And Provide Permanence
by Keld van Schreven,
Keld van Schreven, Co-Founder and Managing Director of publicly listed KR1 plc, seems to be at what social media may need been like 2,400 years in the past and the way it’s can enhance safety and permanence.
Over time we’ve seen Twitter celebrities get their accounts hacked. However this current hack goes manner past something we’ve seen earlier than. This newest safety breach calls into query the safety of Twitter and social media platforms and even the inspiration know-how they’re constructed upon.
Social media is usually castigated as a modern-day lynch mob working with pitchforks towards anybody not falling into the most recent ‘wokeness’. However for higher or for worse social media fulfils an important a part of our society as being the platform for freedom of expression.
In doing this, social media actually takes away energy from centralised media firms who now sarcastically usually flip to Twitter first for information and opinion. Twitter’s unique pitch to Silicon Valley enterprise capitalists was ‘The Pulse of the Planet’ and it’s achieved that.
Nonetheless, social media has a couple of Achilles heels together with laws and as demonstrated up to now 24 hours, safety. Simply think about if the hackers had received into Trump’s account and declared conflict on China. The US President has been on the warpath towards social media lately and the impermanence of all of the content material. Consequently, we might lose all our social media if these safety breaches proceed. This offers rise to what-ifs.
If Twitter would have existed within the Historic Greek period think about how fascinating that point would have been or any period for that matter. To see the heartbeat of the planet by way of historical past could be phenomenal. Think about the tweetstorms of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle! What Twitter battles would have existed between Aristotle and Plato on the governance problems with the day, or simply how dangerous the meals was within the Discussion board. The trivia of on a regular basis life are fascinating to us all. It’s of little doubt that the tweets of the Historic Greek philosophers of two,400 years previous would age very nicely, however they’d even have been extremely prized targets for hackers.
With larger safety and permanence, we might have the ability to see the each day machinations of Plato’s thoughts and social life. Sadly for us the smartphone and the web must wait one other few thousand years to be invented. Additionally, reasonably just like the hackers of at this time, historical past will get tampered with to swimsuit the incumbent powers. Main historic works such because the Bible have been rewritten many occasions to swimsuit the editors. It’s honest to say a few of historical past might have been corrupted by rewriting and modifications for political and monetary ends. So, what if a know-how got here alongside that would resolve that subject?
Properly, it has, it is known as blockchain and due to this know-how, social media might endure a serious structural change to make this insecurity and impermanence, extra everlasting and tamper-proof. Properly, for so long as we final and the photo voltaic panels hold some computer systems working! This modification could also be within the new type of social media companies or only a know-how swop out of the incumbents like Twitter, TikTok and Instagram. It will likely be completed through the use of blockchain know-how and folks gained’t learn about it.
Blockchain is autonomous software program that means it could possibly run itself with minimal tending and presents a ‘write as soon as, run perpetually’ dream. There may be historic precedent in software program phrases right here – in the event you had been on the internet within the mid-90s you could bear in mind listening to about Java. Java was created in 1995 by Solar Microsystems and it promised a brand new language to ‘write as soon as, run anyplace’ throughout the net.
Java succeeded as a result of it solved many issues that builders usually confronted. Now twenty years later blockchain is providing the identical dream however with an extended view within the mantra ‘write as soon as, run perpetually.’ Blockchain companies like Filecoin, a decentralised net host, will permit this to occur. 1000’s of computer systems will host the primary Filecoin software program serving net pages perpetually so long as there are a handful of machines working it.
Blockchain can be tamper-proof, automated and has sensible contract programmability making it accounting heaven. It is also all primarily open-source software program which implies it will get the very best probability of dwelling perpetually too. Somewhat than caught inside a company server gathering mud with an absence of manpower to maintain innovating.
Medium, Substack, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Fb are all on this group owned by firms that aren’t open supply. You’ll be able to guess that in say 50 years there’s a change of possession or change in service standing in these firms and in 100 years they are going to in all probability not even exist. All that expression and historical past is gone. The truth is that the present social media companies will probably be outmoded by new platforms of expression. Simply have a look at Myspace, a shell of the thriving neighborhood, by 2008 it was dethroned by Fb.
For centralised companies, somebody has to pay for the servers to maintain working. If the group strikes off a platform you can’t maintain it. I had this expertise with my very own startup Diary.com which suffered from this. Customers are fickle. There may be speak that customers will co-own a few of these platforms, I don’t suppose that’s the driver, but when they receives a commission for contributing that’s totally different. Possession hasn’t pushed innovation earlier than in these platforms. YouTube is leaking contributors to different platforms who provide a greater share of income within the type of promoting income.
So who’s recreation for this variation? By the way, it’s Jack Dorsey co-founder of Twitter who has a mission at Twitter HQ known as Blue Sky which is a decentralised model of Twitter to resolve these safety and impermanence points and likewise to maintain Twitter a free speech platform. Below threats from not solely hackers however Donald Trump himself, Twitter might in future get censored and if that occurred Jack would decentralize Twitter and transfer it onto a Filecoin sort net host. Which suggests it is safe, uncensored and it’ll reside perpetually.
Let’s hope that occurs.
KR1 is a number one digital asset funding firm supporting early-stage decentralised and open-source blockchain tasks. Based in 2016 and publicly traded in London (KR1:AQSE), KR1 has constructed a notable status for producing vital returns by investing in lots of key tasks which might be designed to energy the decentralised platforms and protocols which might be rising to kind new web infrastructures.