Decentralization Factors: Diversity

A decentralized system doesn’t just avoid centralized entities, but also getting pigeon-holed into a single use… or use by a majority userbase.

BitTorrent, for example has had success for those who want to share music and movies but also free software and even in enterprise data distribution. From nearly the beginning, the internet currency Bitcoin has had miners, developers, technologists and business-people trying to shape the network and its protocol.

No one group using the either of above holds enough power to make their respective technology less useful for the others. Whether required or not, multi-dimensional diversity is seen again and again in decentralized networks.

For a decentralized market protocol like Rein, diversity will come as job creators, workers, and mediators from a variety of professional services fields use it and contribute to its development. End-users and server hosts on internet, Tor and I2P will help protect protocol-abiding data from being censored.

Many of us see the benefits of decentralized systems, and are working to build new ones for the future. In that quest, let us not overlook existing systems and the part diversity has played in their evolution.