When it comes to the Internet, one of the most important issues with shortcut buttons has to be privacy and restrictions. Currently, everyone seems to have an opinion on the prospect of imposing restrictions and preventing others from accessing certain parts of Internet technology that ideally should have been for all of us.
While some people believe that censorship is the best way to ensure that many people are not exposed to the Dark Web and all of the dangers that it entails, there are those who see censorship as a different form of control.
Those in the latter group believe that by giving governments access and the ability to censor parts of the Internet, they can systematically control what people see and how their opinions are expressed.
Keep in mind that the Internet has gone from something we all used to get ideas and opinions to a technology that now has far-reaching effects on our society and the world at large. While those who believe in censorship are convinced of their position, those who believe it should be rejected can actually show parts of the world how governments and central authorities use their power and dominance over their citizens.
- Take a country like China for example; the Communist Party has done its fair share of controlling what people see and believe on the Internet, as most of the country’s media is not controlled by the state.
- Now there are threats that the Party will also control people’s access to the Internet.
- Of course, China is not alone. The United Nations has ruled that freedom of access online is a basic human right, but many authoritarian governments would certainly not have that.
- To be honest, this culture of censorship has gone from being just a government to a major part of popular commercial culture.
- Many apps are protected from people based on their location and IP address, as most app makers have chosen to restrict access for one reason or another.
- Netflix, Spotify, Tidal and a host of other popular apps are selectively available (if at all) in many countries on the African continent, and the list goes on and on.
VPNs and the needs of the information age
This is essentially why virtual private networks (VPNs) were created. The technology was created in the 1990s, just in time to dot com boom in the early 2000s. One of the most popular provider is Cyberghost (read review).
- As expected, the rise of the ubiquitous Internet and the increasing interconnectivity of the world have led to a sharp increase in VPN adoption.
- Many people will prefer to have easy access to many other countries and the type of content that their Internet-using counterparts get, and because of this, VPNs have exploded in adoption.
- Currently, analysts predict that the VPN market is expected to be valued at $35.7 billion by the end of 2022. For a technology that was just built a little over 20 years ago, that’s certainly not bad at all.
Unfortunately, as is the case with almost all forms of technology, VPNs have also been plagued by a number of problems regarding their propensity to become centralized. Chief among these problems is the fact that data can be recorded as it passes through a VPN tunnel. People get VPNs to hide their identities and access restricted parts of the Internet, but when their data starts going through VPN tunnels, it’s likely that administrators will get information to reveal the identity and location of users. When this happens, you may as well connect to the restricted platform with your location open.
In addition to this, centralized VPNs have also started to suffer from the same information gaps that some of the larger technology companies are starting to suffer from. With these networks, it is possible for personal information to be stolen and sold to third parties, exposing your data to people you never wanted to have. An inadvertent VPN leak could also expose your DNS name and IP address.
Tachyon: applying blockchain technology
At this point, it is becoming increasingly clear that resistance to censorship will only be achieved when Internet users have control over their own data and what they do with it. For this reason, many have touted the possibility of enabling the World Wide Web with blockchain technology.
In the world of benefits that blockchain technology brings, security has to be one of the most important. The concept of decentralization makes this possible, so no one party controls everything that has to do with the network. This way, you decide what will be done with your data and how it will be used; not centralized internet companies, and somehow not even VPNs
That’s why Tachyon (see website) is stepping in. The blockchain protocol has built a lot of hype these days, and for the best reasons; it’s fast, stable and decentralized, essentially being able to bring us closer to a perfect Internet; one where the data is in the hands of the users.
The designers of this protocol are convinced that the Internet Protocol is one of the main contributors to the current problems of centralized VPN systems. Thus, they have continued to restructure the entire TCP/IP protocol stack. Essentially, Tachyon is capable of solving a wide range of problems; those currently plaguing centralized VPN services and those currently facing the TCP/IP structure of the Internet.
With the appropriate speed and scalability, the Tachyon protocol is able to guarantee the right kind of privacy and censorship resistance, while providing support for the new form of Internet and its applications.
Tachyon has combined point-to-point protocol and blockchain technology to improve collaboration between point-to-point networks. This means that there is absolutely no need for a central server, and thanks to the concept of decentralization, true censorship resistance can be achieved.
Tachyon also ensures security, thanks to the use of the Tachyon security protocol. This protocol combines several hashing algorithms to ensure that communication channels remain optimal. The network also boosts communication protocols, thus hiding the actual data and preventing unwanted leaks.
Finally, the Tachyon protocol is implementing an open peer-to-peer network that will allow nodes to provide services to each other. The protocol already has a native currency – the IPX token – that runs on the V SYSTEMS blockchain.