Many policies to get the Internet regulated go against net neutrality. Google takes “excessive steps” on censorship, says David Vorick.
“There is a lot of pressure to censor the Internet,” says David Vorick, development lead for Skynet. This issue got expressed, on May 8, during his presentation at the MIT Bitcoin Expo, organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.
The specialist explains that, under the statement to prevent phishing attacks (fraudulent pages generated to deceive people), progress is happening to the detriment of the neutrality of the Internet.
This issue is a principle that encourages all network traffic to be treated equally, without obstacles, since the Internet user can freely choose between the online resources.
Vorick mentions that Google can decide, for an arbitrary reason, that a certain website should not exist. He also says that his company, a decentralized network that allows file sharing, had problems of this type. Because they did not comply with KYC (know your customer) policies and authorized users to upload files to their storage archetype, their website appeared hidden from the popular search engine.
the computer scientist stated that he never signed terms of service with Chrome, later mentioning that they put a warning sign on their website and informed them that they would not remove it until they removed all the malware.
The cientist also argues that Skynet only provides infrastructure: “We’re like a portal where people put files or websites, and when users use our website, we don’t control the interface.”
According to Vorick, what happened with his company and Google was “an excessive step” and “a grave violation.” “Google has independently decided that websites must meet specific conditions if they want billions of people to be able to access them,” he argues.
Considering the Reconstruction of the Internet
The specialist is convinced that progress is being made, in regulatory matters, in the wrong direction. According to him, it is wrong to encourage Internet service providers to get involved in moral decisions. He said: “If we do that, what will happen is that innovations will stop,” also adding that culture will freeze because anything that is culturally unusual or just unexpected will piss off some infrastructure provider.
Vorick knows that re-building the Internet must get considered as an alternative to decentralize it and prevent whoever controls a party from making arbitrary decisions in this gloomy scenario.
Near the end of his speech, the computer scientist added that this is precisely the reason why he is very interested in Bitcoin (BTC). As CriptoNoticias explains, this monetary system “works like a network of computers connected through the Internet.” This decentralized network is uncensorable and neutral.
In this way, the currency created by Satoshi Nakamoto sets up a new paradigm that points toward more community uses of data and is not being ruled by a powerful entity. This vision seems to be valid for more and more computer scientists and enthusiasts of human freedom.
By: Jenson Nuñez