Online Censorship Problems & The Promise of Decentralized Content Distribution2

The Internet’s innate resilience to centralized information monopolies became evident in the mid-to-late 2000s as the failure of the merged conglomerate TimeWarner and AOL proved. Primarily due to the data-agnostic design of the Internet’s core protocols, its radicalism established that it was not so easily prone to walled gardens and centralization as traditional information mediums.

However, the scale of dominance by content distribution and search platforms and their long-term effects on contemporary culture, social organization, and content freedom have come into question. Additionally, major social media platforms collect mass amounts of personal data on their users, leading to consistent data privacy concerns and CEO’s testifying before Congress.

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