From Brett Stevens come this brilliant piece on the Insurgency of Alt-Tech. Its not meatspace and all that meatspace entails as the grass roots insurgencies ability to run under the radar of the Statist-Quo. It is a second front. Right in the face of the monopolistic social and corporate entities power.
Like all statist entities they ain’t exactly swift or agile on the uptake. Once established, what are they going to do? Shut down the internet to stop the ultimate form of freedom of speech, ideas, and commerce?
There are some who foretold GAB would never make it. Brother where they ever wrong. This is crowd sourcing with a revolutionary spirit. An amazing up yours to the powers that be. Goolage, Faceborg, twatter, they just been made the same whats been done with the fake media, obsolete, and their converged internal structures leave them totally helpless to adapt and improvise. The State is going to have to save them again by stacking the deck in their favor, but it will come to naught.
Nothing can replace, and nothing ever will defeat the motive power and audacity of Freedom of speech. That cat was let out of the bag long ago. Like our guns. They can try to take em’ but they will never win. They can never get it back in the bag.
by Brett Stevens on February 7, 2018
Gab.ai made waves in Silicon Valley by being outside Silicon Valley, both in physical location and mental state. Instead of trying to make walled gardens where people could experience digital safe spaces, Gab aimed to re-create the Wild West of the early internet, where there was always something shocking — and actually useful, non-Crowd-converged information — around every corner.
Now, Gab hopes to make waves again with an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and new censorship-resistant, blockchain-inspired P2P protocol known as The Exodus Protocol. As Gab explains:
Our vision is to evolve beyond one application by empowering developers from around the world to build on top of an open peer-to-peer social media protocol. We are calling this the Exodus Protocol and will be building on top of existing open sourced peer-to-peer technology to create a new peer-to-peer social media protocol of our own. We recognize that existing blockchain technology has many limitations including latency, cost, scalability, and a rapidly evolving ecosystem. While we are excited by the future potential of many projects in the blockchain space, we believe that building on top of existing peer-to-peer protocols such as the Dat Project, IPFS, and existing cryptographic peer-to-peer protocols are the best immediate path forward to getting the Exodus Protocol off the ground.
Peer-to-peer connections and exchanges of value are paramount to our vision for the Exodus Protocol. With this in mind, we’ve determined that an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) is the crowdfunding approach that aligns most directly with Gab’s market offering. We believe that, like many of our users, investors in Gab will be supportive of a crowdfunding campaign that champions a decentralized and truly democratic approach to raising capital. The crypto community inherently understands the importance of defending a free and open exchange of ideas on the web. Our aim is to empower everyone, not simply VCs or the 1%, to participate in our ICO. Unlike many ICOs, Gab has an existing product, customers, brand, and track record of success. We are seeking partners who share our longterm vision for the future and want to help us build a protocol that defends the freedom we love for generations to come.
The primary objective of this ICO fundraising campaign is to establish an Open Developer Ecosystem for the Exodus Protocol. We will follow these key steps to make this happen:
- Incentivizing developers to build on top of the Exodus Protocol
- Recruiting select developers who have been scorned by ‘Big Social’
- Providing an open source protocol that any developer can contribute to or build on
The Exodus Protocol stands for bringing people together of all races, religions, and creeds who share in the common ideals of Western values around individual liberty and the free exchange of ideas.
When the internet was first introduced to consumers, it represented a radical departure from the paradigm to which they were accustomed: “channels” on a one-way medium, such as how television was beamed to their homes and they could choose what to watch out of what was available at the time from the large corporations and government that provided it as what were effectively monopolies.
By contrast, the internet operated in three dimensions. The user was the channel, and selected information from what was available 24-7; as the famous saying goes, the internet also “routes around” damage or obstructions, so if something was not available one place, it popped up in another…