I really like Bitcoin. I think the future of money should be something like Bitcoin in a way that nobody can control it or impose rules and regulations on it.

In past few days, Bitcoin has been rising in price. Tesla buying $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin pushed it to a new high and now everybody is talking about how tech and industry giants are coming to the market, and I don’t like this actually.

First of all, what I like about digital currencies is that nobody truly controls them. There’s no central bank for it and everybody can own it without a government being able to enforce laws on it, well almost. Tesla and Apple are the first giant ones that are believed to be involved in it and their ability to change the price or manipulate the market is worrying.

Imagine Elon Musk tweeting that Tesla is going to sell all its Bitcoins and naturally the price will decrease and then they buy more Bitcoins and tweet again that they’re not going to sell and well price will go back up and they get a lot of profit only with few tweets.

Second, privacy is a problem. Bitcoin is not a privacy-friendly cryptocurrency. Every Bitcoin transaction is published. Now, people might not know that my wallet belongs to me, but if I used it more than a few times it would be possible to figure out that it’s me.

Bitcoin is actually safer than credit/debit cards because you have at least some privacy in it while debit and credit institutes and banks violate your right over privacy and anonymity completely.

This is why most of times I use cash. I still own a credit/debit card as it’s needed but cash is my main way of paying. I really don’t want my bank to know about what I buy, when I buy it, and where I buy it.

Also, with cash, I can prevent being recognized at markets. I can buy stuff with a fake identity. Bitcoin makes it easier to pay and receive with anonymity (which is a part of our privacy rights) but it’s not focused on it.

The “capitalism <-> socialism” opposition seems outdated. I prefer to think in terms of “centralization vs decentralization”. Humans have evolved to perform best in small groups of less than 150 people. That’s why wherever there’s centralization and excessive hierarchy, there’s inefficiency and underutilized human potential. Capitalist monopolies and socialist dictatorships are equally bad.

In a natural environment, every small community is able to produce an outstanding leader and an independent thinker. In today’s world of trillion-dollar monopolies and bloated governments, the potential of hundreds of millions of people is suppressed by the limitations imposed by our artificial societal structures.

That is the reason why tens of thousands of people working at big corporations such as Facebook have failed to keep up with what our small team at Telegram has been implementing. That’s also the reason why countries like Russia fail to generate and retain global brands in their jurisdictions. Genuine creativity is rare in organizations and societies built on excessive hierarchies and lack of personal autonomy.

Pavel Durov

On 16 January, Facebook announced that it will be “banning ads that promote weapon accessories and protective equipment in the US at least through January 22”.

To those of us who have been observing the world of Trump-supporting social media, this announcement is a manipulative piece of whitewashing that obscures how Facebook’s algorithms continue to divide people the world over, The Guardian has reported.

This is a disaster. Imagine a supporter of Trump who thinks his freedom of choice is taken away and the savior (yeah, ridiculous) is now thrown off the power. Imagine how angry that person is and now when the person logs into Facebook, the person sees ads about weapons and self-defense.

Imagine a supporter of Trump, angry enough to riot to the Capitol, seeing ads about weapons and tactical military-grade stuff. I’m not on Facebook and I have never liked it. I always promote not using Facebook and other centralized monopolies like it. You should avoid it too.

Access to what the company called “our private Chrome APIs” will be blocked starting March 15. Google plans to revoke others’ Chromium-based browsers’ access to a long list of APIs that power such popular services as bookmark and settings synchronization.

“We discovered that some third-party Chromium-based browsers were able to integrate Google features, such as Chrome Sync and Click to Call, that are only intended for Google’s use,” Jochen Eisinger, Chrome engineering director, wrote in a Jan. 15 post to a company blog.

This is good news. I see many people are considering to move to Firefox and Firefox-based browsers which are by and for the people. What Google does with Chromium and Chrome is to force its own preferences as web standards.

However, Firefox is backed by not-for-profit Mozilla and has a mission to bring back the web to people.

I personally use GNU IceCat as my main browser. It’s free software and focuses on privacy and freedom. No need to mention that IceCat is based on Firefox.

So Trump is now locked out of Twitter. After encouraging his supporters to riot to the Capitol, Twitter announced that Trump is inciting violence and is violating Twitter’s rules. So they removed/suspended Trump’s account and even deleted his tweets on POTUS account.

I don’t think Twitter did an unsual thing. Twitter has some rules and everybody is forced to obey those rules while on their network. However, what’s dangerous and should be mentioned is Twitter’s power to decide who can say what.

Twitter is a centralized network with authority over all accounts. So whether you stay or are welcome to Twitter is in hands of Twitter moderators/admins/owners.

While I’m not sad that Trump, and many other people are facing the consequences of using a centralized social network giving too much power to it, I’m very sad that many people are still using it and many are ignoring the fact that one day the same thing would/may happen to them.

Many are thanking Twitter for doing what it did but it’s just not right. An online social network is just a gathering place without people being forced to be physically there. So rules should be applicable there too. People should have freedom of expression on digital/online social networks too.

However, there are concerns about safety and many other things. For example, what should we do about hate speech or verbal violence etc.?

Well, that’s a problem of centralized networks like Twitter and Facebook. In a centralized network, rules can violate each other. For example, hate speech is protected by free speech but many don’t want to have that in their network. In a centralized social network, it’s whether free speech (and possibly hate speech) or there’s not that at all. There’s no partial free speech, we either have freedom of speech or we don’t have it.

Of course freedom also has its limits. There’s a line, you’re either inside that line or outside of that, there’s nowhere in between.

While social networks like Twitter are not a place for absolute free speech, a decentralized network, such as ActivityPub (the protocol behind Mastodon and other networks on Fediverse), fixed that problem. In a decentralized network, everybody can host its own instance and/or join an instance where the person fits.

The owner of the instance or the moderator sets the rules. So nobody will be blocked out of the network. Those who don’t want that person or instance, can simply block the instance and stop the connection.

I’m not opposed to what Twitter did. I would expect the same (being blocked/banned) if he published same tweets (or toots as we call it in Mastodon) on my instance of mastodon. But I’m opposed to him being banned or locked out of a social network and being silenced.

I encourage people to leave Twitter (and other centralized networks) and join a decentralized social network such as Mastodon, Pleroma, GNU Social, etc.

The GitHub Blog published a note about how GitHub is now fully available in Iran. This is a very good step, and a nice thing. It should be appreciated. However, that doesn’t change the fact that GitHub can still ban people based on nationality or place they live.

GitHub got a license from the U.S. government to offer GitHub to developers in Iran. This means that OFAC can revoke this license too, at anytime it wants for whatever reason they decide.

Using GitHub, and also GitLab dot com, is a mistake. They blindly obey the authority and will never take side with people. What they value is money, which has no problem in it except for making them side with power instead of people.

Unlike GitHub and GitLab dot com, there are services that are here to provide to people, not power. I can’t say they won’t obey the law if they have to but at least they will fight for people before obeying an authority without question.

Services like Codeberg and Framagit are created with a libre program which let you know host it yourself or change the way they work. They respect people and try to side with you, instead of authority.

I really believe this license will be revoked in future and many people will get hurt again. I hope I’m wrong though.