Concerning decentralization

1. Zvi Moushowitz and I are going back and forth about decentralization on Pairagraph. In progress. Self-recommending.

2. Tyler Cowen Bloomberg) does a one-person back-and-forth,

Why not, for example, put social media on blockchains and have efficient cryptocurrency micropayments to reward those who help maintain such mechanisms? Censoring postings on such a service would be as difficult as trying to overwrite a blockchain ledger, which is to say very difficult. (Indeed such postings would be a blockchain ledger, albeit in a more digestible form.) And instead of having to deal with the content rules of Twitter or WhatsApp, perhaps you could customize and build your own rules.

On the other hand, (a possibly atavistic) part of me likes knowing that someone or something is in control, whether it’s a government, a bunch of people in Mountain View, or even just my dean.

I do recommend the David Brin essay referred to in my first Pairagraph post.