Despite having been created to democratize the communicative process, the internet is now in the hands of big big techs – mainly social networks. And four months after leaving the helm of Twitter, Jack Dorsey admits to having contributed to the current scenario.
“The days of usenet, IRC, web… even email (with PGP)… were amazing. Centralizing discovery and identity in corporations has really damaged the internet. I realize I’m partially to blame, and I regret it,” he tweeted.
the days of usenet, irc, the web…even email (w PGP)…were amazing. centralizing discovery and identity into corporations really damaged the internet.
I realize I’m partially to blame, and regret it.
— jack⚡️ (@jack) April 2, 2022
In the early days of online navigation, the virtual environment focused on several services that brought different resources to everyone. Of course, everything might seem complicated from the initial exploration, but many of the communicative processes were relatively simpler.
The problem is that the internet has become centralized and dominated by a few players. Little by little, services started to bring all-in-one products. In other words, everything the user was looking for was integrated into the same platform, which strengthened the power of big techs such as Google, Meta, Twitter, among others.
Before leaving Twitter in November last year, Dorsey spent 16 years at the helm of the company. Like it or not, he was part of the process that he criticizes so much today.
Web3, the “internet of the future”
The executive is now in charge of Block (formerly Square), focused on payments and technologies such as blockchain. On paper, the company helps fuel Web3: a decentralized phase of the internet, marked by blockchain, NFTs, the metaverse and other technologies.
The curious thing is that Dorsey himself came to mock Web3. For him, this new phase of the internet will remain under the control of venture capital investors. “Ultimately, it’s a centralized entity with a different label,” the executive posted last year.
You don’t own “web3.”
The VCs and their LPs do. It will never escape their incentives. It’s ultimately a centralized entity with a different label.
Know what you’re getting into…
— jack⚡️ (@jack) December 21, 2021
As much as he has recognized his participation in the whole process, he remains within a project that, in his own words, will sustain centralization — something, at the very least, contradictory.
It remains to be seen if there is any way for the internet to be as “democratic” as it has been in the past.
Via: Tech Times