Whether you love or hate Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, you can’t deny they have both made an impact on the Web and Technology landscape in the past few years.  The term WEB 3.0 has been around recently which i will briefly touch upon, however i would like to recap a small list with what was fundamentally wrong with WEB2.0 in my honest opinion.

In legacy systems, the ‘business logic’ or ‘processing programs’ and ‘data’ is tightly controlled by a central entity like Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft.  So who actually controls the Internet, here is a sample stats in 2013 which is a bit outdated but you get what i mean:

These large companies will have the most money, they owned all the data and since they are rich they can afford to hire the best talent money can pay for in order to create the best algorithms.  They have built the most sophisticated systems and hold the the most computing power.   So you sort of wonder how the hell is anyone or even any countries government is supposed to compete with them.

Shrinking Economy

The rise of  these Technologies companies has gone hand-in-hand with the growth of global income disparity.  The Digital network have hardwired a winners takes all economy.  Lets take an example of the Music industry as an example.  The internet has liberated the distribution of music but has turned musicians into an underpaid underclass who can no longer rely on royalties as the basis old sustainable middle-class income.

Data Ownership

Whilst the likes of Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon are digital oligarchs where they have created platforms for us to use and freely share data.  We are giving  these companies the permission to pilfer and the whatever they like with our data.  So you don’t actually own your data.  Your data is being used by the Machine Learning algorithms to spy, advertise to you and overall make a profit from you.  The free chat services such as Whats’app, Alexa, Google Homes,, Zalo, Viber, Tango, Skype, WeChat are fine examples.

Government Data Collection

Edward Snowden told the world about PRISM (NSA collected private data’s from big Technology companies) and now living in exile somewhere in Russia.  The recent Facebook privacy controversy, where the runaway Artificial Intelligence optimised your attention resulting vote scandal that took place in 2016 with Russia collusion.  This resulted in Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of Congress, shows us that the privacy we thought we had was never really there!   You actually have no say in the governance of these massive systems, some are which are more powerful than some countries.

These are only a few high profile items to name from a long list.  I can go on but well you get the idea…

WEB 3.0 and the Blockchain Revolution

The birth of Blockchain technology spawned a movement to disrupt the entire tech industry. Blockchain crypto, technologist or enthusiasts are calling it the Web 3.0  Making all traditional business models defunct. This is because, in short, the technology will facilitate the decentralization of the World Wide Web, thereby equalizing control and ownership back from the grasp of profit hungry corporations earlier mentioned.  Below is a sample of the transition from WEB 2.0 to WEB 3.0 and the birth of the Blockchain revolution.

So Blockchain technology that can help and shape the democracy and decentralization for the worlds online community.

Data stored by anyone in Blockchain Database is tamper proof.  It is immutable and kept forever.  This provides individuals and Enterprises an ecosystem which is trustless.  In scenarios the Blockchain based trust is preferred in modern systems than to trust the banks, Property Brokers, Insurance Agents or Middleman.  Blockchain now has the capacity to decouple the “Business logics or programs” from “data” using the “Smart Contracts”.  Enabling both ‘Data” and Smart Contracts” to be portable.  Meaning NO SINGLE ORGANISATION can make your data hostage!

Welcome to WEB 3.0 the dawn of Decentralisation and the birth of the Blockchain revolution.

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    1. Tony Lee Post author

      fantastic. I’m excited with the transition and adoption of new technology from African countries. I sort of envy the current situation since most of the country have a clean slate from a technological stand point, no bureaucracy or legal red tapes. The opportunity is there to adopt Blockchain tech and bolt this onto its infrastructure upgrade.

      1. jerrison42k4

        you can beat your chest that it will be very evident that technology is ruling and making waves and the african continent will be ably represented

  1. Adil Elias

    That’s a great point!! What need would we have for trusted individuals who swear on a piece of paper when we can have a trustless system? The system we have now is more like trusting the nobility a few centuries ago haha

    Btw, that’s an amazing post Tony! The third wave is coming 🙂

  2. Workin2005

    Great post @somemightsay. A trust-less system is the only way to curtail corruption that’s always plagued powerful governments and large institutions. I don’t think people realize how revolutionary blockchain is…but they will.

    1. Adil Elias

      That’s a great point!! What need would we have for trusted individuals who swear on a piece of paper when we can have a trustless system? The system we have now is more like trusting the nobility a few centuries ago haha

      Btw, that’s an amazing post Tony! The third wave is coming 🙂

  3. Zeus69

    full marks – Fantastic article Tony, well done, very easy read and simplistic to understand the birth of blockchain and the decentralisation model.
    Thank you,

  4. sandwichbill

    This is a great article. Data harvesting is a serious issue that’s being overlooked by lawmakers in the US, because these big companies make so much money out of the information they collect. Politics is the shadow cast by big business, bring on the blockchain and let’s hope Brave and the rest of these projects don’t sell-out to companies like Google.

    1. Tony Lee Post author

      I been following that Brave story and hope the fellas at BAT have some BIG balls to fend off the likes of Google. This will give joe blogs out there a chance. The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is growing at a frightening pace especially if you put together all the data that has been harvested over the years.

      1. Yanika

        @Tony Lee
        i bookmarked the article right away. very very informative indeed. Have to look at it later again.
        Two quick questions:
        1. Brave Browser and Preseacrh Engine. Any idea if Presearch is to become a browser or will stay as a search engine?
        2. Akasha social network?!? In its current situation it can be used only by IT engineers, what are your expectations?

      2. Tony Lee Post author

        Hi Yanika, I believe Presearch will be a Search Engine. They will launch a Google Chrome extension to sync up to my understanding. Akasha is still in test mode on ETH testnet, you can access it only if you have a testnet account to play around with it. I dont have one so dont have too much thought on how it works. The idea is sound and looking forward to its launch which is expected between now and end of the year.

      3. Yanika

        Thanks for the update buddy!
        I had some dubious experience with Akasha in the beginning of August, and left it out of my scope, might take a look again on it.



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