Decentralized Data Storage Promises a Hack-Proof History

In addition to safeguarding your privacy, crypto technology is now playing a vital role in how historical moments get recorded.

If you ever follow the tech industry, even casually, you’ve heard of blockchain. This crypto technology has undoubtedly brought us to the next chapter in the history of finance, technology, and the internet. Blockchain believers say that instead of relying on tech giants like Amazon, Google, or Meta Platform (aka. Facebook), we’ll all soon be communicating via the decentralized network.

With many scandals over tech giants leaking users’ privacy and manipulating social media, getting rid of those big bros has been long called for. Which has consequently led some blockchain companies to usher in an era of decentralization by creating infrastructures for the mass public to store/access their data without any risks, censorship, or limitations.

To be general, Blockchain is an encrypted form of the hack-proof ledger given the data is distributed to numerous internet users. It, therefore, counters the drawbacks of centralized storage, like data security issues, intensive cost, and “big brother”. The “peer-to-peer” feature also guarantees that no one can tamper with your data.

In addition to safeguarding your privacy, crypto technology is now playing a vital role in how historical moments get recorded, let’s say, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The influence this humanitarian crisis has exerted on civilians is dramatic and will be lingering for quite some time.

As per the data from ViewBlock (a data tracker of a cryptographically permanent archive), cyber warfare associated with Russia’s invasion has resulted in a dramatic surge in files uploaded for preservation. Among millions of the archives are the videos documenting Russian troops occupying Ukraine and bombs exploding in Kyiv.

A humanitarian crisis like this needs to be remembered. The war victims’ sufferings need to be remembered. That’s why decentralized storage is vital — to eliminate victor’s justice and secure the truth. After all, we all know how desperate some authoritarian rulers are in controlling the information space. However, they won’t be able to do it in a decentralized world, where data are replicated in hundreds, if not thousands. All the copies will be distributed to different nodes, which means that even if one copy is unexpectedly hacked or erased, there are plenty of back-ups.

Plus, Russia (Russia is not alone) has limited or no access to social media platforms. It’s even challenging for the audiences to access some information once it is labeled inappropriate. What also happens a lot is: the articles that contain negative (or even neutral) opinions about Russia will be deleted and replaced with pro-tone ones. In such cases, no way the author will get his intellectual property back. By contrast, the authors will not be panicking if the articles are on decentralized networks. Decentralized networks are to the individuals what a public vault is to their copyrights. They can follow their heart without concerns. Additionally, the distributed way of storing data can secure the information for decades to come.

The Russian-Ukraine war isn’t the first time peer-to-peer storage helps. During the last decade or so, other humanitarian conflicts -like the mass protests you might have heard of- have been documented and recorded on the networks. Like what we’ve said, maybe we shouldn’t judge, but we should respect the truth. As time goes by, the increasing maturation of crypto technology has generated masses of public interests and investments. By far, investing in blockchain technology seems to be the new obsession of Silicon Valley and venture capitals, and there are already plenty of data storage start-ups that gravitate towards using blockchain.

Crypto enthusiasts, without any doubt, are pitching a modernized, democratized, and decentralized internet for each of us.

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