Techdirt Podcast Episode 241: Protocols Versus Platforms, Part One

from the open-v-closed dept

Today on the podcast, we've got the first part of a panel discussion organized by Lincoln Network on a subject we've been talking more and more about around here: a return to an internet based on open protocols instead of closed platforms. The panel, which took place last week, is moderated by Marshall Kosloff and features Mike Masnick, Cory Doctorow, Ashley Tyson and Mai Sutton. In next week's episode we'll have the second half along with the Q&A at the end, but this week you can dive in to the first part of this wide-ranging discussion about protocols versus platforms.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Mar 2020 @ 10:05am


    How will the average "Non-niche" user be asked to navigate the world of social media protocols?

    The same way they navigate email or anything else, probably. Via some competing apps that make things relatively easy.

    Speaking of compensation: The protocol approach you describe where people get compensated via exchangeable cryptocurrencies also requires a cryptocurrency or set of cryptocurrencies that aren't treated as a joke by the general population

    The reputation may be less important than accessibility. Right now, people have to sign up for an exchange, maybe send over some government ID data they'd rather keep private. If it was something more like putting a gift card into their computer and clicking a button, people might be willing to use it. It only needs to be relatively stable and trustworthy, such that people can convert to and from "real" money before it goes belly-up. People take these risks with low-value gift cards.

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