A similar thought crossed my mind this week: how might SAFEnetwork’s goals be subverted, as we’ve seen happen in the now centralised “clearnet” internet?
At least I think this is along the same lines!
My thought was that powerful actors (companies, governments) could use their resources to persuade/manipulate most people into using Apps or services that bypass or subvert the goals of SAFEnetwork, centralise it’s usage by dominating ideas, changing perceptions etc.
This occurred to me when thinking about the way analytics on SAFEnetwork could be used to subvert it.
Example: BigEntity rewards users for opting into BigCorp Analytics and uses their resources to convince everyone this is better than farming. If SAFEnetwork gets bigger than the internet, BigCorp can use the data they gather (like Google do currently) to create monopoly services that make A LOT OF MONEY… and the cycle of centralisation of money and power, surveillance capitalism and mass population control is now alive and well on SAFEnetwork.
Obviously SAFEnetwork is designed to make this a lot harder, but if the masses can be manipulated into opting into such services, much of that might be subverted. I’ve no doubt the balance would have been shifted, but I’m concerned it might not turn out to be all that significant if this happens, and right now it seems likely.
Well that was my line of thinking, and I think it fits with what @WhiteOutMashups is raising here (if not Will, just say and we can have this spun into a separate topic).
EDIT: @moderators please move this to a new topic along with replies - ta