Nobody Cares About Your Privacy, Except You & The IPFS Network You Store Data On
”Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”-Edward Snowden.
The brilliance and usefulness within decentralization was brought to life via Bitcoin, the first successful case use of blockchain technology. Visionaries, Thought Leaders and technologists alike blossomed new ideas to solve real-world problems using decentralized alternatives to modern day technology.
But…. I like the internet, why change it?
Simple. There’s something very wrong here. HTTP internet applications, much like governmental and most financial systems are centralized, which means there is a single highest authority in charge. Decentralization is the process of distributing and dispersing power away from a single entity.
Wait, what? The internet isn’t decentralized?
Nope, it’s not. HighSpeedInternet.com states interchanging big companies actually own the internet most login to every day. You may find these statements from this educational site shocking:
“We’re all Renters. You may own your computer. You may pay your ISP for Internet access. But the infrastructure that actually makes your connection work is owned by companies with which you may have no association. The protocols governing your connection are developed and implemented by other organizations that seem to fly under the radar. You may have an email account, a login, password, profile, security question, avatar, handle, screen name, and a signature. But if they are all part of the program stored on servers on other networks and can only be accessed by paying a fee, are they really yours?” Source.
To the average person’s disbelief, most user-base products on the internet are far from decentralized, leaving room for catastrophic failures and vast improvements.
The biggest companies in existence including: Amazon Web Services, Uber and Facebook are held under a centralized platform. Dropbox, Citrix, Google, Apple, and Microsoft, and all cloud storage vendors use the same basic principle, these companies sync and copy to a centralized cloud server cluster via the internet.
Every second, millions of users connect to these central cloud clusters to store and access files that are associated with online accounts. The servers support unique features and applications which are owned and operated by large corporations.
It’s necessary for these platforms to store data, but leaving sensitive information in a centralized architectural design places users at the mercy of the server owners.
The creation of the cloud has been one of the most useful inventions of this century, but a centralized server architecture has its shortcomings from excess expenses, security, loss of control from the users and this system allows for a single point of failure.
The cloud model has been favorable until recently, when many started making note of possible data abuse within our most loved and trusted online applications.
- Should companies have access to private information you’re trusting a single entity with?
- Is it ethical for a corporation to monetize off sensitive data collected from users?
- Facebook stores 2.7 billion active users’ information as of August 2020. Being centralized, allows for a single point of failure: and storing information this large is quite risky for users and Facebook, alike. Source.
A solution many are exploring gives access to a large decentralized network built and controlled by its users and the aforementioned risks can be reduced or eliminated by focusing on decentralizing the cloud infrastructure using blockchain and AI. Implementing these new technologies will support scalable applications while creating safeguards in a decentralized ecosystem.
”If you care about privacy online, you need to actively protect it.” — Roger Dingledine.
Blockchain, Nodes And Masternodes Help Improve The Internet
How can the technology from ‘internet gaming money’ improve user’s experience online? Blockchain is a complex new technology, understanding the inner workings can be explained by simply breaking down it’s name.
Blockchains are formulated out of blocks of data. The ‘blocks’ of data are stored on nodes, or small servers. Nodes can be any kind of device, mainly computers, laptops or large servers.
Nodes form each block in a ‘chain’ infrastructure. All operating nodes within the same blockchain remain connected and constantly exchange data, keeping the network up to date. Nodes store, spread and preserve blockchain data, so theoretically a blockchain can not exist with nodes.
Masternodes are much like they sound, heavier equipped nodes. Aside from validating, saving and broadcasting transactions on a blockchain, masternodes can facilitate other events, such as governing voting events, providing execution of protocol operations and enforcing the laws of the according blockchain. Masternodes retain the goal of always being online, and facilitate greater memory capacity than nodes.
When masternodes started operating on decentralized blockchain networks, many solutions came to light for long standing concerns. Decentralization is somewhat of a controversial buzzword in the financial and technological world, at this time. Love the word, or hate it, the technology is quickly gaining traction and there’s many places it’s useful.
”If you don’t protect your personal privacy, who will?” — Unknown.
PAC Global initially started as Pac(ifica) in 2013. In 2017 a new management team took over the cryptocurrency project and rebranded as PAC, an acronym for Peoples Alternative Choice coin. The third generation management team soft branded to the PAC Global that showcases a robust 8k+ Masternode Network. Simply, this means their network is supported by 8k+ privately owned servers that support the PAC Global chain features.
Drew Saunders, CEO states, “These servers are owned by PAC token holders that have secured 500k tokens, in order to collateralize the server for the PAC Global Network. In return they are rewarded roughly 8300 PAC coins per incentive cycle. That is a 1.66% return for incentive on the collateralized 500k coins. Each incentive cycle length is at the mercy of how many nodes are active on the PAC Global Network. For example, with 8k masternodes the incentive cycle length is roughly 14 days. As this network continues to grow, the time between each payment will grow as each node also registers with the network for incentive (ex. 16k MNs the incentive cycle would be roughly 28 days). What this large decentralized network is accomplishing, is eliminating the single point of failure other server/internet-based projects have.”
How can a masternode network support products that are NOT held by nodes within their own blockchain?
Structure and design is what brings value to any successful project or product. A decentralized network can only be so with support by a large amount of globally distributed servers.
Use cases can be supported by the same servers supporting a masternode network: Using the PAC Global Network as an example, when their nodes host data outside their network, they will still receive an incentive from the PAC Global chain for the resources each user allocates for their servers use. Note, record keeping, file storage and data storage are a large concern for modern human life. If your private or public data is stored in a centralized server base it could easily be wiped away due to system failure, hack, or shut down, greatly enhancing the need for a decentralized server base.
A decentralized server base is not owned by a single entity, therefore no one entity can disable a network, nor can they have access to information that is not their own UNLESS given permission by the user that owns the data.
”Once you’ve lost your privacy, you realize you’ve lost an extremely valuable thing.” — Jodi Rell.
IPFS Is A Possible Solution
IPFS or an Interplanetary File System is envisioned as a file system that stores files and tracks versions over time, like the project Git:
Git is a distributed version control system, or VCS. Developers use it to track changes to their code. When text is added, edited or deleted in any piece of code, Git tracks the changes line-by-line. It’s distributed because every user has all the source code on their computer and can act as a server. Secondly, Git is backed by a content-addressable database, meaning the content in the database is immutable.
But that’s not all, IPFS also incorporates how files move across a network, making it a distributed file system, such as BitTorrent:
BitTorrent allows users to quickly download large files using minimum internet bandwidth. For this reason it is free to use and includes no spyware or pop-up advertising. BitTorrent’s protocol maximizes transfer speed by gathering small pieces of files desired by the user and downloads the content pieces simultaneously from other users that retain seekers content. BitTorrent is popular for freely sharing videos, programs, books, music, legal/medical records, and more. Not to mention, the downloads are much faster than other protocols.
PAC Global announces the Yan Network Powered by PAC
PAC Global Holdings LLC is releasing a private IPFS Network (Learn more at: IPFS.org) to showcase the advantages of building on top of the Masternode layer of the PAC Global chain.
This IPFS Network will be made available to all that already currently support the PAC Global Network with a Masternode on their own private server. This brings automatic scalability, automatic decentralized architecture, and automatic security. Giving users a choice to support other decentralized projects on top of the PAC Global Masternode Network brings endless possibilities for decentralized alternative products for everyday real-world applications.
Drew Saunders CEO states; “We have worked very hard to make sure these tools are available, but ultimately it is the PEOPLE driving this massive network and making their server available for use.”
The PAC Global team is announcing the release of their new IPFS project on September 10th. Visit https://takebackyourdata.net/ for more information.