SWAZM Digital Architecture. Coding The Future Internet, One Blockchain At a Time
As you pick up your phone, what are the three main apps staring back at you? No one can’t deny their functionality, but how many of them do you really trust with protecting the privacy of your data or… life stories?
We understand! It’s a bit unsettling for us also.
We are all users in a system that centralizes data, acting like a gatekeeper to the basic functions our society is built upon: communication, trade, health, finance and entertainment. Like in any type of social contract, we exchange the privacy of our personal data for access to the digital version of real-life interactions. And that’s fine! But that’s not the only way things can be done digitally nowadays! Here is what we mean by that…
Human Nature, Social Interactions and The Rise of Technology
Evolution happens in waves. Society has seen us go from shared agriculture, through the mass production and centralization of the Industrial Age, and finally reaching the Informational Age, or the third wave post-industrialism, a term coined by futurologist Alvin Toffler in his omonimous book analyzing the shape humanity will take after technology came in.
As we’re slowly leaving the third wave behind, we tend to come back full-circle to a time when resources were shared and used for the common good and in a transparent way throughout communities. Besides monopolized regulations, people have always found ways to single-out and exclude malicious behavior that threatened connection and collaboration. The Internet was built as a free and collaborative space.
The year 1960 was when we witnessed the invention of the computer networks, with ARPANET, being the first private network funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency, of the United States Department of Defense. Evolving with time, it reached commercial use with the first Internet service provider, Telnet. With the rise of the personal computer and the Internet Protocol Suite came the larger adoption of the Internet as a platform to sustain collaborative projects, information being shared via links.
Everyone was an equal contributor, and so the network grew exponentially. Given the common access, safety issues were taking very seriously, making way for the institutions start in controlling the servers, as well as the availability and acceptance of all the information being shared within the network. People began looking for safety measures.
Centralization started an era that distinct institutions had the power to dictate which piece of information was good to go, or needed to be censored, as it did not comply to either the values or the rules of that specific entity.
This situation rose issues with censorship and manipulation of data, moving further and further away from the collaborative environment that started it all. Time passed even more, and we came to know centralized giants like Facebook, Google and the like.
Indeed, the tendency was to make information and social interaction available to an ever- growing population that used digital technologies. But the infrastructure was still centralized. Wikipedia, BitTorrent and Google Drive kept the sharing spirit alive, by offering a collaborative, safe space in which people can work together in projects that aim for common goals.
Blockchain And The Future Internet
Blockchain technology offers that safe space. Initially created as a platform to sustain the creation of the Bitcoin, it can now be used for all areas in which we need a shared and distributed space among users.
Being decentralized means that we no longer will be dependent on large-scale, monopolized servers, and in time we’ll see the increase of network capacity, as residual computing power will be put to good use, saving money, time, and making digital tech a sustainable service for all interested parties.
Decentralization reduces the risk for corruption, fraud and malicious manipulation of data. It’s about the equitable use of the energy that comes out of digital processing, of the computing power, the plusvalue of the digital society we now live in. The blockchain acts as a growing peer-to-peer transaction ledger, available on each node that is part of the larger network.
If we look at blockchain as a philosophy, it talks about direct connection between the members of society, without the mediation of other structures. As in all human history, technology is the trailblazer of social change, pushing humankind forward, to a better and more collaborative environment, all individuals working together for the common good.
Technology is a tool, and it depends on us on how we use it, and thus the results we obtain. Our company’s vision is that it should support creativity, empower us to create a better world, advancing the society that we had growing up. Enthusiasm is usually correlated with young age, and as we are young, so is the blockchain. We envision a world where collaboration is key.
A New Internet, Powered by SWAZM
At SWAZM, we see computing power as digital currency, a resource that can be redistributed and aimed towards building hosting solutions for traditional web apps, have access to decentralized personal storage space, giving you more safety for highly private documents through the use of cryptographic storage tech.
SWAZM Blockchain can bring higher data transfer speed for video, podcasts, video surveillance and general data streaming, in areas ranging from business, science and reaching the individual user.
Decentralization also means lower costs for developers and their next big idea, making it easier, faster and more sustainable to run the next code that might transform the world we live in. More storage space, higher processing speed and safer data privacy policies.
We are inviting you to follow along. The story unfolds here, article by article, documenting the build of a digital dream meant to decentralize and facilitate collaboration between us all. SWAZM came to be by looking at blockchain as infrastructure, having the power to sustain global collaboration at a much greater speed. A new internet. That’s what SWAZM Blockchain is all about!