The Nature of the Internet is Misunderstood: it Dissolves Borders

in technology •  9 months ago

While authority has been busy using technology since the ENIAC to enhance and centralize its own power, it came with strings attached that they weren’t aware of. Many of us when we were younger (I’m a child of the 60’s) didn’t see it coming either. It was long expected that these machines would replace people in lower level positions such as clerks, assembly workers in car factories, etc… What we didn’t see was that it would eventually endanger CEO’s, the legal profession, political positions and other forms of authority.

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In their rush to create a global network that would solidify their own power, they made a devil’s bargain that would eventually erode it. They called it “globalization” and dedicated it to a “new world order”. That overreach actually created something beyond their control. It’s something known as a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) that flaunts jurisdictional controls of nation states.

Commerce is anathema to border control

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A big problem with borders is that it's hard to trade through them. The physical world makes it easy for borders to work with physical objects, but what happens when trade is not a physical act? In the last century the world has been moving away from a manufacturing economy toward a service economy. The latter is a sphere of activity that is much harder for authority to control through borders. When services can be completed on the internet, borders don't really exist.

The internet has voluntarist principles at heart

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Because nation states use the internet, they become subservient to it’s power. This is because all nation states have sovereignty and therefore cannot force rules outside of it’s own jurisdictional boundaries. This means that because data is intangible and is essentially a thought process without borders, that the rules of nation states don’t apply to it. Attempts by one nation state to force it’s own rules simply gets ignored by other nation states. They only apply to those stuck within the borders who don’t know how to use a VPN.

The internet mimics natural law

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If the world is the material body, then the internet is the spiritual brain. Which controls what? Most of the time the body obeys the brain. What this means is that government control is likely to become subservient to DAO’s and DAC’s over the coming decades. Because there is no central authority, there is nothing for a nation state to attack to try to assert it’s own authority. It either has to accept the deal or walk back to the stone age.

A decentralized internet nullifies authority's control

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There are now platforms such as blockstack, and substratum that are beginning to replace the hierarchical ISP model of internet connection. For this reason, I predict that eventually the issue of net neutrality will be moot.

In the 1990's the emerging internet made base layer mistakes that allowed big companies to take control and these companies were subject to the whims of a very few who controlled the corporations and directed development in such a way as to be selfishly beneficial. For instance, Facebook and Twitter sell you as their product to other paying corporations without you receiving any of the profits.

There are decentralized models that turn this organization inside out such as the Steem blockchain that pays content creators directly. When you click the like button on FB, that data is then sold to corporations spying on your online behavior and you don't receive anything. On Steemit, when you click on the upvote button, you're paying the author through the investors who invest in Steem 3/4 of the value of your vote based on Steem delegated to you and you also get a 1/4 value back for curation. The Steem blockchain eliminates the CEO who wants to sell your data to corporate power for a profit.

Outside of that model are small businesses who resort to AD revenue to help keep their content free because web users don't want to pay for clicks. The result is that AD blockers deprive content creators of revenue. That model is about to come to an end with Steemit, since SMT's (Smart Media Tokens) now make it possible for content creators to get paid by hooking into the Steem blockchain without the need for advertising.

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I certainly hope that we can soon bypass the ISPs. Comcast has a monopoly in my area and they are an awful company. Despite the fact that I've had nothing but issues with them on a technical and customer service basis, I have no other options to take my dollar elsewhere. It's maddening.

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