My question is simple. Do we need an App to block and/or whitelist content?
My answer is yes! We do need an App like that. I know SAFE is meant to be open, safe, censorship free etc. But let me explain what problems a network like that will see. I read an article some time ago about how companies like Google hires other companies to watch content that’s flagged inappropriate. It’s not a thing they tell you on there website, it’s sort of like a hidden thing for a lot of big companies that have video- and media websites. The problem is, with all these millions of videos uploaded to their websites, some sick minds post illegal stuff like underage pornography, torture, animal things… etc. An interview was done with some people who used to work for a company that watched these videos, and they said that they really saw a lot of shocking content. There were even workers with post-traumatic-stress disorders because they worked for such companies.
So how about SAFEnet, will people use it for the good? You bet, I think most of the people will use it in a good way, using the Dropbox-like functions. People will also build the greatest App’s for social media, videos, SAFEsites etc. But history shows that websites like I2P, Freenet and TOR are also used for bad purposes. Even while these systems are slow, not that much secure all the time etc. And what about SAFEnet, it will be open and (almost) free with the ability to create your own “URL”, and public data that can never be deleted. People will feel safe in the network so there’s no doubt about some bad people showing up. They can even create their own “URL” and make a public website that no one can take down… And remember, websites like Youtube have a team, looking at “flagged” content to decide if it’s illegal or not. But how about a videowebsite on SAFE? There will be a lot of good ones… they’ll have moderators. But no one can stop some sick minds to create a site with illegal content. And no one can stop a person making illegal content public… Of course most of the people won’t look at these websites, but what if they use a decentralized search engine? And banners show up with promotion to websites that have illegal stuff? Things like this happen on Freenet already.
So here’s a way we could stop and kick out the bad guys. It’s an App that blocks “URL’s” which the team behind the App voted for as “bad/illegal/etc.” It updates itself everyday and when people see a video which is clearly illegal they can “flag” that video as being illegal so a moderator can block it. When they see someone is promoting a URL which clearly promotes illegal content they can both flag that person and the URL as illegal so both can be blocked. So when someone shows up on a forum saying “Hi there, I’m looking for animal bla bla bla” that person will be flagged by a couple of people instantly and the team can directly block that person’s ID. Not only on that forum, but on all the other sites as well through the app.
Another way of doing an App like this is a so called White-list-App. It only allows you to go to websites that the team has agreed on as being safe and clean. Protect the App with a parent-password so the kids can use SAFEnet in a safe way. Being able to only access sites they’re allowed to.
Apps like these could help SAFEnet being fun and safe. Of course people can always decide to uninstall an App like these, but when a team of volunteers decides to create and update an App like that I really think it would be a great thing. Search-engines for SAFEnet could use the list to block content in the search results etc.