In fact, censorship-resistant is is really just that: resistant. And all a system can do is resist to the best of its ability to censorship.
The problem is that people usually believe that censorship-resistant means censorship-proof. This is amplified by the fact that it is usually sold as such.
The difference here is the same as with water. A water-resistant item, will eventually get damaged by water depending on the condition (quantity, pressure, level of salt, etc…). Waterproof on the other end, means that water is never coming in.
It now becomes clearer that censorship resistance, much like water resistance comes in various forms and strength. When looking at distributed platforms, we should even have metrics that allow us to grade the level of censorship resistance of a…
When it comes to censorship resistant systems, centralization should always be perceived as a major red flag. Concentration of technical resources and concentration of decision power is sure to create a censorship-prone system. Those two forms of centralization have been clearly identified by all crypto and blockchain projects. We will review them and then introduce a third form of centralization that needs to be considered when dealing with subjective opinions,which is a major part of a moderation system.
A censorship resistant system has to be distributed and autonomous.
A fully deployed censorship resistant system shouldn’t rely on any kind of leader , not a person, not a team, nor a company. The definition subjective concepts that apply to the entire community shouldn’t be left to asmall group of people. …
It can be argued that a free decentralized platform should be completely open, accept any content and let every user have access to everything, with no roadblocks or barriers whatsoever. If that is the way the majority feels like, then moderation is probably not necessary.
However, most people probably want some degree of control over the content. To ensure proper tagging, categorization and prevent children from having access to adult content, for exemple. The respect of copyright and compliance with laws in general should also be taken into consideration.
While a zero-control policy is definitely a possibility, and will probably be implemented by some projects. We will present in this article the reasons why some sort of content management is necessary for a global media distribution platform. …