Censorship and withholding information to drive blockchain adoption
For the first time in what must be 2 or 3 months, I opened a news site without being handed a link. I don't read the news unless I find something elsewhere that directs me and after seeing something that jogged my mind, I thought I'd drop by the Australian and highly crappy, news.com.au to have a look.
I was surprised by what I saw.
I don't know enough about the story to go into detail, but it is a statement about the state of censorship of the press. These types of images were the front pages of every major newspaper in the country asking:
"When government keeps the truth from you, what are they covering up?"
A good question with answers that rarely arrive without leaks. While I am very critical of the press and believe that their agenda is corporate power, I do believe that the press plays a very large role in society and therefore freedom or restriction of the press has consequences.
However, what I am more interested in with regards to this particular event is that it will be these questions raised, the publicity they get and the lack of adequate response that will drive more and more everyday people toward blockchain, crypto and ownership of information.
Once that starts to happen, demand changes.
It is a paradigm shift that must happen before any significant moves can be made toward a more equitable world, and a lot of that is going to be driven through consumers demanding transparency. Blockchain is not only going to give support to refine supply chain management, it is going to give the capabilities to track and search the entire process.
While a consumer might first be interested in what the farm to table life cycle of their steak was, in time that will turn toward demanding transparency of the supply chains surrounding the government's themselves. How many will be able to balance their books?
But, there will be other ramifications too as supply chain ledgers are applied across industries, as they will essentially discover the economic "black holes" where money just disappears.
I remember that there was a stealth bomber shot out of the air with using mobile phone signals to locate it. Rather than search to see where the plane was, they used the signals to triangulate by where they disappeared into the signal absorbing skin of the plane.
Blockchain could do much the same as well as discover the points on the supply chain as well as the movements of those resources by adding up what inputs there were, and seeing what makes it out to the transparent other side. We are a long way away from having the tech or the will to do this yet, but the public discourse is shifting.
How I see it is that while the corporations are looking for government loopholes to profit from, they continually undermine and create holes that we as individuals will leverage. We can see by government response to Facebook's Libra that they are looking to limit how much power one organisation can have in regard to currency, but can they limit a decentralised organisation with thousands of tokens? I believe they will try.
Blockchain and decentralised service can still offer users ownership without having to have a piece of sanctioned paper issued by an accredited body empowered by a centralised authority. Ownership is going to take on a whole new meaning in the digital realm and it will be driven by people like those who will pick up those papers and start investigating a little deeper, rather than blindly accepting what they have read.
The first question they should ask is,
if this is happening, what decisions did I make in the past thinking I was well informed?
Consumer decision drives this world and it is us as the purchasing public who is to blame for the state of play. However, how many decisions are we making without information based on known facts and how much is skewed in favor of an agenda that doesn't necessarily help us as global stakeholders. For example, you might think you know about the environment, but are your actions improving the world for those who will live on this earth?
It is too expensive to fix the environment so it is better to undermine attempts. Too expensive for who, because money spent is part of the economy, regardless of whether it goes to an oil or a clean tech company. Remember, the status quo always benefits those already benefiting.
These questions of the current state are gaining momentum and the persistence of those asking seems to be growing. With each a little more mass shifts their personal position and eventually the shift is made at the cultural level.
Whike the corporations are undermining the governments to replace them, the decentralised people of the world can piggyback and backdoor to undermine the corporations. The smthing that stops this from happening is our own ability to align and organise ourselves adequately and broudky enough to meet the power requirements. But, that time is coming through ownership of the internet gateways to value flows.
Information is the most valuable resource available on this earth and for the first time in history, we are building the capabilities to manage it without a centralised authority to dictate what we can and can't see.
We all play a role in the generation of information and the consumption of it. What we demand is what gets supplied.
[ a Steem original ]