Given the inherent immutability of the blockchain technology, it’s a popular choice for projects that involve creating verifiable databases to ensure that information integrity is maintained, and this is especially important when lives are at stake. But there are some lingering questions involving users privacy, especially regarding these coronavirus tracking apps. Governments are introducing intrusive surveillance systems to track the virus, and the principle question being asked is whether or not we can trust them to remove them once COVID-19 is contained.
Getting involved in Bitcoin mining used to be as easy as kicking your little brother off of World of Warcraft long enough to log into the server and start the process. It cost little, and gave you a few neat little tokens to shore up your geek cred among your fellow nerds, and maybe your little brother could get a kickback for his time if you order him a pizza or something.
In the space between your IP address and mine are a billion points of access featuring content known only to the initiated. We can’t be exactly certain who first called these hidden information zones onionland or the Dark Web, but we can be certain of their existence and their influence over our lives in unforeseen ways.