Matt Chessen, really enjoyed your insights. It seems we need to create a new means of communication that is both open and distributed (cannot be centrally controlled), assured (that you are indeed the person you purport to be), but also private (so you can communicate with any person or group without others being able to snoop), or publicly as you choose. It must also allow people to use pseudonyms.
If people choose to use an alias and/or AI bots to press their viewpoint, we need to be able to connect all their pseudonyms to the single individual (even if that individual is not identified) so anyone putting up multiple identities is recognised as being one person. The AI moderating any forum could then reduce all your posts to a single viewpoint (and show up inconsistencies) that can be weighed with all the other real voices. (There would need to be a link to all your individual posts, so anyone can check if the AI summary faithfully reflects them).
It will also be important to be able to identify people among the clamor of voices who have skin in the game. For example, if it is a local issue, we need to know if the person behind the voice is a local. We also need to know if they are part of a group with a vested interest. In either case, without necessarily disclosing who they are.
Any posts that were not linked to an actual person would be excluded. Creating that link is the key.
Daniel Jeffries Cicada) and Luis Fernando Molina (Fermat) are working to create a new Universal ID system and Social Graph to link people directly so we can be assured we are dealing with the person they claim to be. It was proposed to use eye recognition to provide each person with a unique ID (though recent spoofing may require a modification https://m.mic.com/articles/177897/samsung-galaxy-s8-iris-scanner-hackers-hack-vulnerability-risk#.Hz8W3Ghji).
Also David Siegel is working on the creation of a Personal Data Locker (PDL) to keep control over your own data.
It seems we need a rock solid personal ID that can attest any relevant fact without the need to disclose any other data in order to attest its truth.
Perhaps it could be tied to a real-time PDL that cannot be deleted/changed/falsified, even by the person it relates to. It could sit in the background recording ‘everything’ I write, say and do. I can then call on it to attest facts about my life, and/or share moments with others of my choosing. (Of course, it wouldn’t record everything!! And, in some ways, having a perfect memory is not ideal. If there are things we’d rather forget, perhaps we can choose to have them kept hidden, unless we ask for them specifically).
However, if I am in public office and someone modifies my voice and/or video, my PDL can attest what was actually said. For this to work, it must be linked to me by a ‘bio-metric device’ (heart rate, temperature, electro-chemical properties of skin, etc). It will then know from an unbroken chain of my bio-metrics that it is me and where I am at all times, so it is not recording a ‘spoof’ of me, and no one else can claim to be me.
If I want to prove I was (or was not) at a certain place at a certain time, my PDL could confirm the fact (within whatever radius specified), without the need to say where I was or what I was doing. It could also confirm I was over a certain age without disclosing my actual age or name. It could say if I was a resident of a particular council area, without giving my address, and so on.
I realise there a many difficulties with this approach, but I’d be happy if I had a complete avatar of myself, including my body in 3D with all medical history and genetics, which also recorded all my financial, business and social interactions (that I want recorded) — which I alone control. So while others may have part of my history, I have it all. I can use the information to understand what I have been spending my money on and gain insight into my behaviour and hot buttons, and anything else.
In Australia, I am working government and industry to create the Digital Built Environment which is an authorised federated secure 3D computer model of the natural and built environment (inside and out, above and below ground), comprising millions of separate models of each piece of equipment, building and infrastructure (each under the control of separate legal entities), including all rights boundaries, geo-referenced to the global position and elevation grids. Every object in the DBE will stand as an avatar for the real object that it models, with links to every piece of data relating to the object. Rights of access, use and trade in the model will reflect your rights in the real world. The link between the DBE, your avatar and your roles will give you access for decision-making in the DBE based on the rights you have in the real world. This will enable you to make informed binding decisions to deliver better outcomes more quickly at lower cost, with much less risk.
What do you think?