The internet has become so much a part of our lives that we forget how valuable it is to have our voices streamed across the world, any time. Not only is it valuable, but it is as valuable as water - it is a human right. The ability to enter cyberspace and find communities of quirky people that do all sorts of things from rocket science to dungeons and dragons on Friday nights.
The communities of the internet and the information amassed by the people of the world on the internet shouldn’t be controlled by anyone. The idea of a party controlling this global web of connections and throttling the speeds of how people communicate and receive information is Orwellian. The great thing is that we are in a position to fight back.
I am excited for the months to come. We are on the brink of a technological revolution. The first steps are to retake control of our information and data that flows through the Earth’s electric veins. That is why we are developing the tools to fight back at Gatsby. A simple, elegant solution that should be available for everyone - even for those who find technology intimidating.
And this is only the beginning. Simply protecting the public from the legislation passed against net neutrality isn’t enough to win control over our data. The truly exciting parts of this technology come into play when we have reached a critical mass of users. Apps and websites love users because the larger the user base, the more data they can access and eventually sell or use. It is this same benefit that will allow Gatsby to create a transparent ISP, one that promises not to limit your data use or sell your information to 3rd parties. There is a long road to come and it is impossible to predict the full functionality of a large network connected wirelessly. But we will do it, and we will find out what a utopian internet society really is like.
Thursday, April 5, 2018