If you search the internet for your biggest trend (or “buzzword” – a buzzword, some would say) the answer will be Web3. In the words of investor Packy McCormick Web3 is “the internet run by developers and users, and orchestrated with tokens” (1). It is easy to see in this sense that Bitcoin is the spearhead of what many point to with the direction of our way of browsing and searching for information on the world wide web. However, none of these technologies or trends would be possible without the true revolutionary germ, or disruptive in a more sophisticated jargon, which is the Free software – movement Open Source – which consists of publishing computer programs that can be used and modified at the user’s pleasure. This idea was born there in the MIT laboratories, in the 1980s, with Richard Stallman and the GNU(2) manifesto. Stallman’s idea was that if I like software, it’s useful to me, so it might be useful to others, and so it should allow free and unrestricted use. The power to change and customize without having to pay for permissions, without even having to ask for permission, just keeping credit to the original creator – the so-called “copyleft”, antagonizing copyright, which is the legal protection of creations. For open source software to grow it requires a community contribution process. This means people communicating and sharing their improvement proposals, as well as support for developers and users. All in the name of the smooth running of that software.
The evolution of the revolution
In the same spirit of open source and free software, Linus Torvalds invents Linux – a 100% Open Source operating system. Now engineers and onlookers could work on any hardware, from machines that were no longer supported by their manufacturers to boards made in the garage at home. This has brought endless possibilities to developers and tech enthusiasts in general. The thing takes on a new proportion. Linux becomes the centerpiece of the World Wide Web. The collaborative effort grows and continues to feed back. Today it is estimated that more than 90% of data servers on the internet run Linux. (3)
There would be no Bitcoin if we had to walk around with our laptops
In 2003, a group of developers decided to install and adapt a version of Linux on a digital camera. Android was born. The fact that Android was built on top of Linux, a platform that already had membership and a huge community at this point allowed the creation of an avalanche of other software – which we now know as apps – coming from all corners. From every garage, basement, attic or a programmer’s office. This is what left BlackBerrys and Nokias behind with their proprietary systems. Although iOS, Apple’s proprietary system, has resisted, Android now accounts for 75% of mobile devices and 40% of the overall computer market. (4)
Decentralized, Anonymous and Free
All the advantages of Free Software mentioned above apply to Bitcoin: The collaborative effort, the complete openness of the code and engineering, the possibility of running on any hardware and operating systems, etc., but with two more layers that “democratize” it, which makes public access to the software even wider. It is anonymous and decentralized. As everyone may already know, the creation of Bitcoin in 2009, is published by an anonymous under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. Naturally, the better known Bitcoin, the greater the curiosity about who this Satoshi is. For Bitcoin and its network functioning, however, who it is does not matter. It is part of the design of the system this: An anonymous creation does not have a point of reference, a maximum authority over that system. In the community it is born, and as a community it is established, without organs or central characters. Bitcoin is also a peer-to-peer (or p2p) network, meaning it works without a central data server. Everything runs on each machine present on the network. No one present on the network can “turn off” or even execute any changes without the entire network recognizing that change as legitimate.
web3.0 is free
Mobile devices and, therefore, free software, were fundamental parts of the internet that we know today. And with the arrival of Web3, they should become commonplace. The role of collaborative effort, of devoting machines, time and development to contributions in a certain network, is central to the creation of this new internet made up of tokens, permissions and protection, as well as information secrecy. That’s why it’s worth the effort to remember this author, so that the freedom conquered is not belittled. References: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/03/18/technology/web3-definition-internet.html#:~:text=Web3%20is%20the%20name%20some,the%20past%20year %20or%20so https://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.en.html https://www.androidauthority.com/linux-1022218/ https://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share /mobile/worldwide https://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share
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