A look beyond the ‘what’ and ‘how’ to remind us of the ‘why’.
In the midst of true horror, having an internet connection can seem trivial, but when innocents are slaughtered and their cries muted, it is far from it.
After decades of tyranny, Sudan has finally broken the grip of Omar al-Bashir–only to see the very same military that helped them achieve this momentous accomplishment turn on its people and take away their means to plead for relief: the internet.
Now, Sudan is in turmoil and the few messages that have made it out of the country aren’t reflective of the images sketched by mainstream media.
On Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, a Sudanese court ordered authorities to end the nationwide internet blockade imposed by the military council. While this is a welcome development, the truth is that as long as people must rely on centralised structures of communication, those in power can and will undermine the ability to share truth with the world. At worst, this leaves tyrants and military states free to devastate a people and wipe away traces of their atrocities. This is something we’ve seen happen far too often for far too long.
A change is needed, and Sudan is only a single example. Elastos network gives people the means to communicate securely at all times and the Cyber Republic grants governance to the people to ensure it never devolves into evil, greedy, and abusive power structures that large centralized operations tend to fall prey to.
It is a dream for the future that will take the crafting of time and community, but each and every day we are confronted by more evidence of its need.
Over time, the evolution of online governance and the resistance to censorship granted by decentralized consensus will be reflected in society. With blockchain-backed voting on the verge of adoption, and tamper-proof systems underway, momentum is building. Where once the love of power reigned, soon the power of love will shine instead.