Technology, including the internet, has opened new worlds for connecting and empowering people across the globe. It is as if we have gained access to new dimensions and dissolved barriers between us.
These dimensions are a reflection of humanity. As you dive deeper into how technology has been shaped and reshaped, you often discover widespread practices of dominant global societies with central organizations who decide the rules and the access. This leaves space for greed, censorship, corruption, data amassing, privacy infringement, and other practices that forgo a foundation on human rights for a foundation on control and maximum profit.
It is a paradox and a mystery to think that those in power can institute policies that infringe on their own rights.
"Information wants to be free," and the foundational blocks for technology are being built on information. Outside of a system built on control for profit is a growing frontier creating the building blocks for a world built on freedom, love, and individual rights. It is a challenging frontier, because it calls upon each person to be responsible over our own lives.
If you have lived under authoritarian rules, if you have experienced the ravages of war, if you have experienced the hardships of spiking inflation, if you have been censored for using your voice to defend human rights, if your bank account has been closed or worse for supporting a protest, if you've been persecuted for being different, the choice of personal freedom through responsibility is simple.
Technology is growing to allow personal responsibility and control over your own money (bitcoin), your identity, your privacy... It gives you the keys to make choices over your own life. It takes responsibility, but it gives back freedom. A freedom we did not know we had lost.
What if… we could break history’s cycles of oppression, where revolution after revolution has often meant that the “winner,” even when starting with good intentions, becomes an oppressor of the “losing side”, like an Orwellian Animal Farm repeated across the centuries?
Imagine… what we could #buidl in a world where humanity supports one another through an ethical foundation. What if we built on the principles of fairness, equity, freedom of expression, love, integrity, truth, and non-violence? What would that world look like?
If we #hodl tools toward a fairer sustainable world, like open-mindedness, compassion, empathy, continuous learning, open-source thinking, #bitcoin, everyday gratefulness… Can we be a humanity that embraces our differences and focuses on stronger global solutions?
Apps are a bridge to the services we want, from social media to health apps. We express part of our lives through them. Many apps are built around advertising from data gathering, but new doors are opening for building trust & giving back control to people over their content & identities.
Many apps are built to track and remember as much information as they can about us, instead of getting only what they need and building trust over time as new services are needed, or through developing stronger relationships with consumers.
From the moment you download an app, it can gather data & keep doing so even when we're not using them. It's as if, before we sit down at a restaurant to place an order, they already have our contact & payment information, & more access than the "gossip" of the town would know.
What they could know is hard to imagine: A full list of our friends, family & acquaintances, our user content (emails, photos, recordings...), where we live and where we are at any moment in time, demographics and psychographics (sensitive info)....
We are often using "free" services in exchange for our data, which is used and sold for advertising. This often comes at the expense of privacy & security. Does this practice develop consumer loyalty or is it invasive and spammy? What could be better ways?
Many times we are locked into using an app, because we need access to their services & cannot take our data with us. Building trust & accountability can come with offering choices to consumers, & those can come from giving us control over our data.
It is a joy to see how self-custody bitcoin apps often choose to gather as little data as possible. This is a path to rethinking the advertising model. More paths are in the works, like Web5 by TBD & the community at large.
How will these efforts encourage the growth and development of alternative creative solutions for sustainable product building that protect the individual's privacy and gives back control of data & identity?
Who'll be the service providers of the future? What will they prioritize when building their products? Will they discover that instead of gathering information obscurely in the background, they can walk other paths to develop stronger loyal relationships with their customers?
Will many people understand the importance of being in control of their identity, choosing levels of trust & privacy, knowing they can deny or revoke access to their information? Will they be able to carry their identities back with them, just as we can walk out of a restaurant?