After reading this tread on the topic: Parler on the IC? - #28 by dogcomplex
My understanding is that voting neurons will be subject to the jurisdictions their data center owners reside in, and thus may be held liable for content on the overall network by governments. However, making the case for that liability and enforcing censorship might be an arduous process, so there will likely still be some censorship resistance. Voters will probably nonetheless want to avoid encouraging the most glaring content so as not to push it though, and I’m wondering where we expect that will result in for Dfinity in the short and long terms.
To illustrate, I’ve come up with a rough “scale” here, in ascending censorship likelihood…
- free speech, including controversial opinions, without inciting hate crime/action/violence.
- non-commercial copyrighted content subject to legal Free Use parody/remix interpretation (Mickey Mouse fan art)
- <<< Facebook/Youtube are barely here
- otherwise above-board utilities designed for easy obscuring and re-publishing of censored content (e.g. Pirate-Bay-style automated re-hosting tumblers)
- pornography, with consent of content creators
- sites assisting user-data-supplied links to direct copyright violations (links to off-chain pirated movies)
- free speech inciting violence or organized illegal action (but with pro-democratic content, e.g. Hong Kong rioting)
- <<< Reddit’s about here
- free speech inciting violence but debatably anti-democratic, or otherwise unpopular (Parler…)
- sites actively maintaining/hosting services which hold copyright violation links directly in code/community rules
- <<< Most private comms Discord etc about here
- direct hosting copyrighted content (pirated movies, books, images), non commercial
- same but pornographic content, without consent of content creators
- <<< Pirate Bay Torrents are about here
- sales and profiting off copyrighted content (resale of pirated content, remixes, integrated use. e.g. sale of game with copyrighted music)
- same but profiting off pornographic content, without consent of content creators
- <<< More obscure private Discords and most public Tor stuff around here
- IP violation on a wide scale - structure (e.g. direct working integrated copy of entire look and feel of all major centralized internet sites… Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google etc)
- IP violation on a wide scale - data (e.g. use of data mined from said sites to fill out backwards-compatibility and easily transition network effects, perhaps hidden until permission is provided from users to port over)
- <<< *** Somewhat-missing link, expected to be filled by some end-to-end encrypted crypto network soon enough. China-web is mostly here in regards to IP violation though.
- shared private user data whose unauthorized distribution is illegal or could be used for violence (medical data, personal addresses, schedules, etc)
- child pornography, or other such highly-illegal digital content
- illegal criminal action (e.g. drug sales)
- <<< Routine Dark Web / 4chan stuff
- illegal violent criminal action (e.g. hitmen)
- illegal violent sexual criminal action (e.g. trafficking rings)
- <<< Specialty Dark Web
Probably missing some other useful distinctions in there, and the ordering could probably be switched around depending on perspectives.
I’m interested regardless of where Dfinity winds up on that scale, but I’m most interested in knowing whether we expect the network - or some designated more hands-off segment of it - might get away with fulfilling the crypto prophecy and just cloning most of the existing web’s centralized services with backwards compatibility. Obviously those services will get one-off (legally) cloned anyways on Dfinity, but it’s forseeable that a good crypto service will be able to just blatantly do it too, and create an ongoing web economy that doesn’t care about IP at all. If enough Dfinity voting nodes are in China or other countries that care little about IP, that’s maybe even in the cards. (Though China would specifically become a problem for some earlier levels on that list e.g. free speech inciting protests)
(posted this in a new topic in addition to a reply on above thread, in case it’s better split off)