The Biggest Problem We're Going To Face

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The more time passes, the more we advance in the word of decentralization and this matter is becoming a problem.

Blockchain

When you speak about decentralized internet, people are thinking of decentralized platforms, decentralized services, which is what we're trying to do here day by day, building dapps and services on our decentralized blockchain.

Blockchain technology is the future. Distributed ledger technology allows us to own our account, express ourselves freely without being censored, monetize our content and earn. It may also be a lifeline, the only way of earning a living, the only way to put food on the table for some.

We have big plans, devs are working on creating blockchain based dapps, diversifying the offer, others are working on onboarding and thanks to development, we're growing day by day. In less than one year we already registered a huge success.

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This is all nice and needed, but the biggest problem is, all this is dependent on internet and can't be used or function without it.

Mobile wallets, internet banking, cryptocurrencies, all transactions, even POS payments are dependent on internet.

In most of the countries getting a good internet connection is not a problem, but think about it, all the internet providers are centralized and controlled by a few people.

When Things Go Sideways

Let me remind you, when things go sideways and people start to protest against the government, social media platforms are used to pass on information, spread the world, organize meetings, protests. The response of these platforms is to block accounts, mute users, the government blocks bank accounts to stop funding these events but when things really go bad, the whole internet is shut down.

That is what happened in Belarus last August, when the vast majority of citizens thought elections were rigged and took it to the streets. Communication was made impossible, payments as well, so life was put on hold, people were beaten, arrested and jailed.

Protest groups in Belarus are trying to use limited access to the Telegram messaging service to coordinate anti-government action, but say an internet shutdown they blame on the authorities has been effective in slowing them down.
Mobile phone internet has been offline since protesters clashed with police on Sunday, accusing President Alexander Lukashenko of rigging a landslide re-election win. source

You can be the biggest stakeholder, hold billions in crypto, if you are depending on an internet provider who is ordered politically to push the button and suspend any internet service.

Blockchain Again

The beauty of distributed ledger technology is that just because one city, region or country is out, the others can still function, life can go on without any problems, due to the other nodes operated in other areas. However, this doesn't solve the problem of those poor users who are restricted politically from using the internet.

Look at Venezuela for example. The country has collapsed a long time ago, life in Venezuela is about surviving, trying to make ends meet.

Due to economic troubles and shortages in Venezuela, Venezuelans began using social media for everyday necessities, which is possibly one of the reasons Venezuela is one of the most active internet countries in Latin America. Venezuelans have used notice boards and Twitter feeds to find and barter for scarce products. Custom made apps have also been created to assist Venezuelans find goods and medicines affected by shortages in the country. Some have also turned toward social media to in order to find reliable news due to government censorship. source

The Venezuelan government allegedly blocked images on Twitter in Venezuela for 3 days, between 12 and 15 February 2014, to limit images of protests against shortages and the world's highest inflation rate. This can happen anytime with internet services as well.

Nigeria is another example. We have a large Nigerian community on the blockchain, users trying to earn a living by blogging.

What's The Solution?

Many of us are looking at what we have accumulated over the years, as plan B, as a safety blanket, funds for rainy days or as a retirement plan. All that serves for nothing if you're cut off by one entity, the internet provider.

Leofinance is going to roll out the microbloggonging feature, which will attract the masses. Instead of using a centralized service that can be tempered with by the government, people will have the opportunity to use microblogging and since the Venezuelan community is one of the biggest already, it will be just a matter of time till users switch from Twitter to Leofinance microblogging.

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Banner in Bangkok during the 2014 Thai coup d'état, informing the Thai public that 'like' or 'share' activities on social media could result in imprisonment (observed 30 June 2014).

When banning people from using social media freely (the photo above), threatening them with imprisonment, the next step could be suspending internet services.

So what's the solution for this problem? Are we going to have decentralized internet services anytime soon?

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Firechat was one solution, but in order for it to work everyone would have to have it installed. But people are stingy with things that cost them nothing. Things like likese and votes or even smiles.

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I didn't know about Firechat, reading up on it now. Thanks for mentioning it :)

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That’s such an important point you raise here. Access to Internet, that’s the first mandatory step for anything we are doing on a daily basis.
Is there even a way to decentralise internet provider ?
Because definitely governments will pull the internet plug if needed.

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Yes, they would anytime if there's a threat. As far as I know, licenses are handed out by the government as they own the right, but I'm not an expert. There may be a solution and I hope some smart people are looking into it as this is huge! There must be a way as otherwise there's no decentralization, is it?

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That’s correct I remember this license thingy. So fully decided by govs, preventing any undesirable competition.
I’d love to get sir taskmaster view on this. I hope you don’t mind I start this discussions in tonight leomarket feed ;)

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Stealing my idea Mr. Hykss? :)

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Well I prefer to say I'm promoting your idea :D

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A very critical thought here. Weeks ago, the Ugandian government had suspended the internet nationwide to prevent the masses from sharing the state of election on socialmedia. THis is indeed a direction that big techies who have come to embrace crypto like Elon should look at. Decentralized internet would be awesome.

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That's what they do usually as it's a tool of control, unfortunately.

Elon has enough on his plate already, I don't think he's interested.

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Hello, @erikah

So what's the solution for this problem? Are we going to have decentralized internet services anytime soon?

I really liked this post, because it raises latent problems and threats to freedoms in many areas of life that transcend freedom of expression. As you say, in Venezuela, my country, as in Nigeria and others, these problems are very real and affect the livelihood of many, myself included. However, I think that soon this situation will escalate to many other areas for the reason that you explain very well.

All this freedom that the blockchain offers is supported in a totally centralized infrastructure. Where few decide how far you can go in the exercise of your freedom. The Trump case is quite illuminating.

I hope there are people with the technical and material capacity to eliminate this vulnerability. An internet free from system manipulators.

The problem is, licenses are in the hand of the government and there are a lot of requirements to obtain it. However, that needs to change as it's not healthy.

The more people are pushed into poverty, the more they need internet to survive.

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I agree with you! Hope this changes soon.

Something must be done for sure.

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You're welcome. On the contrary, thank you very much.

I never thought of this but it is the sad reality. Internet providers are all centralized and it could be a problem in the near future. There's a need for a decentralized network services/hosting.

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Yes, a solution is needed as soon as possible.

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Check link dropped below

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Wow! This is interesting. Thanks for the tip

Important to think about. While many of us are gobbling up as much cryptocurrency as possible to maximize earning and profit, there are still many others who will be left behind the initial low cost and massive profits we see today. These access to free and open internet problems need to be addressed, especially give the private companies that own towers and internet services used to access.

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I don't mind paying for it but at least let's do something as right now the government is the only one to give out licences. That is never good.

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This is something that's currently happening here in Nigeria. The government are making it compulsory to link Sim with NIN(National Identity Number) or your Sim will get blocked.

That automatically means no internet and no incoming/outgoing calls when that happens. It's something that is now the talk of the town as the deadline is about to be reached.

It would definitely be a good idea to start having decentralized internet that's not being controlled by anyone.

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So you ask - where is the solution?

How about this:
https://www.skycoin.com/

And this:
https://www.skycoin.com/skywire/

Find some time to read. It's not a joke any more

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Thanks Onealfa, this is really helpful. I'm going to delve into it.

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Very interesting and poignant @erikah, and it makes it sound like there is a ripe opportunity for someone to create a decentralized satellite network that can provide 100% (or close) uptime, no matter where you are.

That would be the theoretical solution, at least. Along with decentralized solar electricity generation in case they decide to deny people access by simply turning the power off.

Actually doing so would require the level of funding and technology Elon Musk and Space-X is applying to the StarLink project... because it would really be best to provide actual viable alternatives, not just an emergency situation patch.

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totally agree with you

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Thank you!

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Okay, something similar happened in Nigeria during the endsars protest. Internet was slowed down, even funds were ceased and fundraisers had to opt for crypto.

During that period I heard about the app (bridges) that use Bluetooth to transfer messages but it all depended on everyone within a location using it.

Everything is built on the internet. Would the government shut down the internet to stop crypto trading? I don't think so. Decentralization is more of passive aggression towards the corrupt system, so I think it would be an overkill. Plus they can't shut it down infinitely. The government needs the internet as much as the people do.

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Decentralization is more of passive aggression towards the corrupt system, so I think it would be an overkill. Plus they can't shut it down infinitely. The government needs the internet as much as the people do.

I see things differently. I don't think decentralization is a passive aggression towards the corrupt system. Not every system is corrupt by the way.

They can terminate your contract if they want to anytime.

Trust me, there's plenty they can do.

But that's not the point. Being free is.

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Yes, well done @erikah !!!

Love your passion. Decentralisation cavity is the lack of focused interest against central interests. This is a political barrier that can be break with education and communities.
Kindness and abundance are needed to convince people to change their ways.

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