77% of the global internet searches is controlled by a single entity, where no countries, authorities, or governments have access to these data. In fact, with recent feud over Huawei security threat and the massive Facebook data breach, people have only begun to realize how their personal data is at more risk to vulnerability than ever. Can blockchain be the solution to this?
Blockchain has been the buzzword in the tech industry and ecosystem for many years, be it FinTech, real estate, cybersecurity, education, or IoT. But unsurprisingly, many people still have the misconception of “blockchain = bitcoin” without understanding what blockchain can really do. If blockchain can distribute power, security, and transparency back to internet users while also potentially allow them to incentivize their data, now imagine what a blockchain-based search engine can do.
We had a talk with Patrick Lee, Darren Goh, and Christofle Rio, the founding members of the world’s first autonomous and decentralized search engine Boogle.io, in which we discussed the future scenario of the data flow, data privacy, monetization model, regulatory body, and the user freedom.
Why is blockchain the solution?
“The main drive of the search engine is to give users unfiltered access to the internet by offering true information and data privacy to the users. But what the tech giants have been doing in the past many years was controlling data flow and visibility while using this data for their own gain” - Darren Goh
Regulation on whether certain posts are allowed is based on the judgment and rules of these giants, and users have to play by their game. At the same time, ironically, those giants get to sell the users’ data without their permission. All these problems can be solved by blockchain and here’s why:
Governmental censorship: Doesn’t blockchain give total freedom back to users?
The downside of not having any person regulating the tech giants is, they are the ones monopolizing how data flows with no guarantee that data will not leak. But what blockchain can do is act as the medium or the “balancer” between the committee (users) and the authority by giving total privacy to users in terms of safety and security. What this means is, even though no single entity out there has access to data user, a sensible decentralized platform will still give minimum user analytics to the government for the purpose of maintaining the safety and security of the country. And each country will have its own node tailored to its culture and ethics. The authority will be alerted when certain default keywords that are detrimental to humanity are used. Examples of those keywords are “terrorism”, “bombing”, and “child pornography”.
Use cases of Boogle
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