But life is likely to prove the opposite: the four-page letter from the Attorney General to Congress summarizing the report may also contain some of the strongest conclusions about Moscow’s interference in the U.S. election.
What this report does not reveal are the ways in which we can defend ourselves against such things in the future.
And, frankly, this problem doesn’t seem to be high on Washington’s list of priorities for the fighting parties.
It is a pity.
What is even more detrimental is that very few people in high positions are able to see the potential of the block circuit to fill large security holes.
The Mueller report will certainly address at least one vulnerability: social media platforms.
In addition, there is another that is an elephant in the room: Voting systems.
But in our just-published 18-page overview of the crypt world, Dark Shadows and the Bright Future (ENG) , we begin with a debate about killer Decentralized Applications (“killer-dApps”) that can help solve both problems.
Let’s start with Facebook, which is one of the favorite platforms of foreign agents.
Facebook will never have enough employees or even artificial intelligence to censor its 1.5 billion users who log in every day, 76% of them from their mobile phones.
Facebook will never stop users from posting about the New Zealand massacre or the Myanmar genocide – not to mention criminal posts backed by highly trained professionals and funded by large governments.
There is only one force that could potentially have the speed to deal with such a large and diverse global community: the community itself.
And this can only happen on decentralized social media, which is largely controlled by the users themselves – not some central authority.
Instead of top-level business or government models, this model would be more like neighborhood associations or even agricultural cooperatives: Users own and control all the information. They have the power to vote for posts they don’t like. And they themselves are the best protection against manipulating or undermining their own information.
This type of blockchain, or Shared General Ledger Technology (DLT), that can help with this problem is already under development. Unfortunately, it did not yet exist in 2016. during the US presidential election.
How would this have changed the results? We can only speculate on the answers. But the following scenario is a pretty good deal:
Foreign agents still post their incendiary thoughts. No one can stop them. But they don’t have access to as many user bases as Facebook’s. They can’t use Facebook’s powerful analytics tools to target their easiest audience. They can’t use money to distribute their posts even more widely. And it is almost impossible to buy, sell, steal or corrupt user information.
After all, foreign agents would not be very visible. They cannot bring their propaganda to the masses. They disappear into a huge avalanche of posts.
An impossible dream? No it is not. Social media platforms built with DLT from the beginning can make this possible.
Steem and Kin are good examples. They still have a lot of work to do to provide a smooth and friendly user experience. But they are already proof that, all other things being equal, many people prefer social media sites that they can control directly and that bring them financial benefits.
By comparison, centralized social media platforms like Facebook are easy targets for anyone who wants to take advantage of it, whether inside or outside.
Given the importance of elections for today’s democracies, it is often surprising how vulnerable they are to both domestic and foreign interference and manipulation.
We once thought that this was only a problem for developing democracies. In these cases, it is relatively easy for the dominant foreign forces to manipulate the results. These are places where everything from the right to vote to the final count is often hidden behind corrupt officials and behind closed doors.
But it has now become clear that even developed country elections are vulnerable to such interventions.
DLT, in conjunction with other technologies, can help solve some of these problems most of the time:
Voting would take place using a decentralized Internet protocol, which would make it impossible to manipulate the final voting result. All aspects of this process would be hack-proof. The results would be accurate, transparent and known to everyone as soon as the vote is over. Sophisticated and advanced mathematics ensures that each vote is validated and the voting results are guaranteed. Interventions and manipulation are reduced to a fraction of what is possible today.
Together, these two killer-dAps are likely to protect open democracies more effectively and more cheaply than any other solution.
They could also be major pioneers in opening up the blockchain and cryptocurrencies to the masses.
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