Centralization vs. Decentralization
Steem has always existed at the pleasure of the majority stakeholder. Insofar as it exists now, that majority stakeholder presently exercises it's sole option to govern the blockchain.
The fact is that the internet itself is exactly as centralized as Steem is presently. Any freedom of speech we exercise is at the pleasure of the owners of the ISPs, Domain Name registration, and hosting.
Absent mesh networks, which will allow us to route each others packets instead of depending on ISPs, we will never have actual freedom of speech online. Even if we fork Steem, we only will be able to access the servers that host that fork at the pleasure of the ISPs that allow us access to the internet.
If you think the law effectively assures anything, I submit you have not well considered the fact of war. It is power alone that exerts rights, and without the technical power, which mesh networks deploy, over access to each other online, we communicate at the pleasure of ISPs.
Indeed, if ISPs decide to shut down the physical network through which we communicate, every possible software mechanism will fail to enable our communications. To date, no physical network has simply turned off power to cut mesh networked communications, but that does not mean it cannot be done.
Coders, devs, network engineers, please contrive secure and decentralized communications software that does allow us to speak to one another on the extant physical hardware as long as it's powered up.
Censorship is an existential threat to our survival, and we have too long been lulled into a false sense of security by the failure of centralized stakeholders to exercise their full power to control our communications. Steem now reveals that vulnerability exists, and that our freedom to communicate is dependent on the sufferance of centralized stakeholders.
Our lives depend on our understanding of facts regarding pandemic, war, and totalitarian oppression that may threaten our lives, families, communities, and property.
This is a war for our very lives and freedom. Make us a weapon of freedom.