The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

21874091836ab7d3a769c1a89a0702f3?s=47 Chris Beams
September 10, 2014

The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

As presented at SpringOne/2GX 2014 in Dallas, TX. Video available at http://www.infoq.com/presentations/spring-data-gemfire-7-5

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Chris Beams

September 10, 2014
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  1. The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

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  3. ! bitcoin

  4. magic internet money

  5. ! bitcoin

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  15. 1winnert72Hkk9tqg4xKQJZTEH9vLsAQfS

  16. ... Address: 1winnert72Hkk9tqg4xKQJZTEH9vLsAQfS Privkey: <keep this safe!> 1 2 3

    4 profit!
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  25. decentralized protocol trustless open neutral

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  27. DECENTRALIZE ALL THE THINGS!

  28. like what? • Email (GMail -> Bitmessage) • Storage (Dropbox

    -> Storj) • Money (USD, EUR -> Bitcoin) • Social media (Twitter -> Twister) • Even companies themselves (status quo -> DAOs, DACs)
  29. why bother? • Freedom (of choice; from censorship) • Privacy

    (deciding what to share, with whom) • Prosperity (fewer middlemen, fewer fees) • Resiliency (fewer single points of failure) • Competition (leading to better choices for users)
  30. big challenges • Coordination • Discovery • Adoption • Infrastructure

    • Funding
  31. but many are now rising to those challenges

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  37. MUSCULAR TEMPORA BOUNDLESS INFORMANT Mastering the Internet Global Telecoms Exploitation

    MYSTIC
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  39. SURVEIL ALL THE CITIZENS!

  40. Q: what do we do about it?

  41. A1: absolutely nothing!

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  44. Privacy isn't about having something to hide. It's about control.

    Either you have it, or someone else does.
  45. "The debate isn't security versus privacy. It's liberty versus control."

    ! ~ Bruce Schneier
  46. ! "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with

    his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks." ! ~Article 12, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
  47. ! "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase

    a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." ! ~Benjamin Franklin
  48. A2: protest!

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  50. maybe

  51. maybe not.

  52. "Don't blame the NSA for being the first to buy

    a hammer off a store shelf." ~ Jeff Garzik
  53. A3: decentralize.

  54. it shouldn't be this easy :(

  55. A4: encrypt.

  56. 1999 2005 ... and today?

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  60. 1. give up 2. protest 3. decentralize 4. encrypt

  61. problem: no incentive

  62. cause: advertising

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  64. "It’s time to start paying for privacy, to support services

    we love, and to abandon those that are free, but sell us—the users and our attention—as the product."
  65. we're addicted to free services

  66. free services survive on advertising

  67. free services survive on surveillance

  68. free is a lie.

  69. government surveillance corporate surveillance enables

  70. if only there were another way...

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  82. Alice Charlie Dave 50% 25% 25% 5% 95%

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  84. SIGHASH_ANYONECANPAY

  85. Alice Charlie Dave 50% 25% 25% 0% 100%

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  91. oops.

  92. crowdfunding

  93. equity crowdfunding

  94. crypto-equity crowdfunding

  95. Counterparty Mastercoin Swarm

  96. MaidSafe (which builds on) Mastercoin protocol uses to launch and

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  104. The Four Freedoms 1. The freedom to run the program

    as you wish, for any purpose. 2. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. 3. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor. 4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  105. OH MY GOD... WHAT IF STALLMAN WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG

  106. free software! + bitcoin! + decentralized crowdfunding! -----------------------------! new ways

    to directly(!) fund FOSS
  107. putting it all together

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  110. metered resource consumption and QoS

  111. bitcoin micropayment channels

  112. zero trust

  113. the network is the computer :)

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  115. problems and threats

  116. Legal

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  118. Silk Road

  119. OpenBazaar

  120. systemic weaknesses

  121. bitcoin itself is decentralized but bitcoin exchanges aren't

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  123. centralized services • Web wallets • Exchanges • OTC Bureaus

    • Coinbase, Circle, ...
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  125. Regulatory

  126. BitLicense

  127. Privacy (Transaction Analysis)

  128. CoinJoin / ZeroCash

  129. conclusions

  130. "decentralizing all the things" probably won't be a mainstream phenomenon

    anytime soon
  131. but that's okay.

  132. all we need is enough

  133. this revolution is peaceful.

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  135. things you can do • Patronize "small businesses" on the

    web like pinboard • Or start one :) • Run a full bitcoin node • Run a Tor exit node • Read up, dive in: http://chris.beams.io/posts/bitcoin/
  136. "In order to change an existing paradigm you do not

    struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called." ~ Buckminster Fuller ~
  137. thanks!

  138. questions? chris.beams.io/talks/revolution @cbeams

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