I just posted this to another community with regards to Dr. Mercola losing a lawsuit against YouTube for taking down his content.
Nothing new for the community here, but I post it as a high-level summary and reminder of where I hope Safe Network goes in terms of censorship resistance.
I reiterate my view that a granular rating and filtering system will be critical to avoid getting bogged down in moderation and censorship. Only by providing an automated and well-functioning solution to “protect the children” and weed out spam can a censorship-free system hope to survive and flourish with any kind of mainstream audience.
The world needs a platform where:
- content is stored in a decentralized, redundant fashion globally.
- anyone can publish anonymously, possibly with a fee.
- content persists forever, or at least best effort.
- anyone can rate content along many different criteria/axes.
- so-called moderators have no more power than anyone else, they can only apply ratings to content.
- AI automatically rates new/unrated content along multiple axes.
- Default filters hide unrated and nsfw type content from general audience.
- anyone can personalize their filters however they wish.
- anyone can share their filter(s) as a template for use of others.
With such a system, censorship (and the power it wields) is a thing of the past.
I fear that without such a ratings + filtering system, the Safe Network will either:
- Cave to political and legal pressures and implement some kind of human-controlled moderation (censorship) system for deletion/hiding of content. (most likely)
- Become so demonized by the press and “leaders” as a place for hate speech, porn, violence, and illegal activity of all kind that it will become basically a new dark web, or outright outlawed to run nodes.
I believe that only by having a well thought out and fully automated system for creating a default-safe for work and safe for children environment can the Safe Network hope to avoid serious legal/political scrutiny and achieve a worldwide audience while also providing a censorship-free “persistent web”.
If sufficient interest develops in ratings+filters approach, I would be willing to put together a bit more detailed proposal. It’s something I’ve been thinking about since at least y2k, and still waiting for some site/project to do it right.