Let's start with a simple fact: if your content is not controlled and not stored by you, you don't own it. You never did.
What is instructive here is that Nakamoto described Bitcoin a democratic like system with “one-CPU-one-vote” which meant that any person could participate. But if it is only robust with specialized chips, that democratic philosophy is undermined. In other words, Bitcoin is only likely to be long-lasting and robust as an institution because technology has subverted the very democratic-style principles that were core to its founding vision.
Can we stop pretending that there ever was a golden age of the Internet? Even better, can we stop pretending that "something went wrong" with the Internet? Maybe, just maybe, it was always a little messed up.
The Internet, as it is, is broken. It is not enough to salvage the status quo. We must rethink our approach. Over the next several posts, I want to focus on the people and organizations who doing just that.
At this time tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, I will be safely ensconced in a hotel in Orlando. I am attending and presenting at HASTAC 2017.