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Access Denied: Restoring the Internet’s Openness

Governments and corporate interests are competing to own the future of the internet, and with it, control information and personal data. As users, developers, and investors, how can we take back control? At Orchid, we’re working to restore the internet to its natural state: an open, accessible space for the world to collaborate and communicate.

The Evolution of the Internet

The first iteration of the internet, Web 1.0, offered limitless possibilities. It gave the first adopters connectivity and access to information in a way that had never existed before. And of course, consequently, utilization of the technology rapidly expanded. In 1995, 16 million people were on the internet. A year later, in 1996, that number had more than doubled.

The Data Big Bang

As access to the internet has skyrocketed, so too has the amount of user data, in what can be best described as an information big bang. We generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. That’s a number with 30 zeros after it.

So, Who Controls the Internet?

The attempts to control the flow of information and data generated by the internet take different forms, driven by actors with differing intentions. Because of this, our internet today is at risk of splintering into three (or more) versions:

  • China (state controlled)
  • Europe (GDPR controlled)
  • US (corporately controlled)
  • 91% Americans feel they’ve lost control of personal info collection and usage
  • 80% are concerned with advertisers
  • 74% say it’s very important to be in control of who can get info about them

Are VPNs the Solution?

Around the world, citizens are looking for ways to gain control of their online experiences, data, and identity or simply access the whole internet. To date, the most effective and popular way to do this is through the use of VPNs.

Orchid’s Decentralized Approach

At Orchid, our mission is to create a decentralized solution that realizes the original intentions of the internet while respecting user privacy. In order to do that, we’re building on the efforts of others and creating a new platform to return the internet to its natural state — a resource for the citizens of the world to communicate, collaborate, and access information.



When we see the Internet as part of our nature, and design it as part of our natural world, we can create one that is resilient, familiar, and free.

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