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Suddenly, Tariffs on Mexico Aren’t Such a Sure Thing

June 7, 2019 |

The tariffs scheduled to go into effect Monday against Mexico aren’t looking like such a sure thing anymore. President Trump himself suggested as much on Twitter Friday, writing that there was a “good chance” of a deal before the looming deadline, reports USA Today . The tweet came as US and…

California regulators aren’t taking action against care homes that cheated workers

May 21, 2019 |

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for elderly, disabled and mentally ill people continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $ 1.4 million in back wages and penalties.

“There’s no accountability,” said Hina Shah, an associate law…

L.A. Times – Business


Why Australians aren’t happy with leader choices

May 18, 2019 |

Arrogant. Uninspiring. Out of touch. These are just some of the ways that Australian voters have described both of their prospective prime ministers in polls ahead of Saturday’s national election. – RSS Channel – World

Colorado School Shooting Shows Students Aren’t Always Ready to Turn Tragedy Into Politics

May 13, 2019 |

Colorado School Shooting Shows Students Aren’t Always Ready to Turn Tragedy Into PoliticsNot all shooting survivors are willing to quickly turn their grief into demands for gun control

Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Decentralized Networks Aren’t as Censorship-Resistant as You Think

April 5, 2019 |

Decentralized Networks Aren’t as Censorship-Resistant as You Think

Censorship resistance is a much-touted attribute of decentralized networks. They allow anyone to permanently store anything onchain without seeking permission. While this is technically true, the reality, for many supposedly decentralized blockchains, is anything but. As the fate of controversial dapps has shown, even decentralized app stores aren’t immune from censorship and deplatforming.

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Decentralized Networks Aren’t Immune to Deplatforming

Somesing is a karaoke app that’s popular in South Korea. The k-pop app, which is currently available on the Google Play store, is poised to be complemented by a Somesing dapp. Once readied, this decentralized app will be browsable on the likes of Dappradar and State of the Dapps. Essentially the Coinmarketcap of dapps, these sites track metrics such as daily average users, developer activity, and onchain transaction value. As an inoffensive karaoke app, Somesing is unlikely to test the limits of what’s acceptable to host on a blockchain. Other dapps, however, have run into trouble.

Decentralized Networks Aren’t as Censorship-Resistant as You Think

On Tron and EOS, the most popular dapps are overwhelmingly for gambling. Tronvegas, Tronbet, and Eosbet have over 100,000 weekly transactions apiece and impressive onchain volume; Tronbet alone has witnessed $ 350K pass through it in the past seven days, during the course of over 460,000 transactions, while Coincodex records Tronvegas as having close to 3,500 daily users. Betting is big business in dapp land, thanks to the permissionless networks the apps are hosted on, which enables anyone to play, regardless of location or age.

Decentralized Networks Aren’t as Censorship-Resistant as You Think
The most popular Tron dapps according to Dapp Radar

For the architects of blockchain networks that have witnessed significant dapp adoption, the boom in gambling presents a problem. Poker EOS wasn’t the sort of dapp that EOS overseers envisaged as the killer use case for their zero-fee network. Indeed, gambling dapps receive scarcely a mention from EOS ambassadors, who would rather not draw attention to the blockchain’s most popular use case to date. Tron that has taken this approach to new levels, moving to censor dapps that don’t meet with approval.

Tron Teams Up With Japanese Government to Enforce Censorship

Irony appears alien to the architects of many decentralized networks, who are prone to announcing partnership agreements at the drop of a hat. The latest deal closed by Tron, however, has elevated this juxtaposition to bizarre new heights. Tron has confirmed it will be “collaborating” with the Japanese government to prevent gambling dapps from being accessible within the Pacific island territory. The Tron Foundation has encouraged blocking gambling dapp users with Japanese IP addresses.

Just because something can be stored onchain doesn’t mean it can be accessed.

The inability of a few Japanese citizens to access some mediocre dapps might not seem like a big deal. But the decision strikes at the heart of the immutability and censorship resistance that blockchains are supposed to possess. If a few troublesome dapps can be blocked at a government’s request, where next? As David Morris observes, “If the Tron Foundation is capable of ‘discouraging’ illegal uses of the Tron network in specific jurisdictions, you can bet many governments will want help ‘discouraging’ piracy over the [Tron-owned] BitTorrent network.”

Deplatforming Can Take Many Forms

Conventional mobile apps listed on the Play and iOS stores are at the mercy of Google and Apple respectively. These giants enforce strict rules, and can permaban apps deemed to be in contravention at a moment’s notice. Dapps, in comparison, are not reliant upon a centralized entity to host and feature them: their backend code runs on a decentralized peer-to-peer network. Nevertheless, just because something can be stored onchain doesn’t mean it can be accessed.

Decentralized Networks Aren’t as Censorship-Resistant as You Think
The Opera dapp store

Without conventional web platforms to serve as the front end, the onchain data stored by dapps might as well not exist. Dapp stores drive significant traffic to decentralized apps, including the one built into the latest Android version of the Opera browser. Take a browse through the dapps that grace the Opera store, however, and you’ll find one category to be conspicuously absent – gambling.

Dapps don’t need to be deleted from the distributed web to effectively disappear: they just need to be deplatformed or omitted by the curators of dapp stores, who are themselves subject to the law. Storing a dapp onchain is one thing. Getting it into the hands of the people is quite another.

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Eggs Aren’t Just Unhealthy—They Kill

March 16, 2019 |

Eggs are bad for you . Or good for you . Or, as a new study persuasively argues, really quite bad for you, the Telegraph reports. Northwestern University researchers reached this conclusion by analyzing data on 29,516 American adults across the ethnic and racial spectrum for up to 31 years—a…

Democrats aren’t done wasting your money on the Russia investigation

February 18, 2019 |

Of course, the whole Russia witch hunt was never really about finding evidence of collusion to begin with.
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Internet shutdowns aren’t just Africa’s problem. They’re happening worldwide

January 18, 2019 |

When Hong Kong police fired tear gas at peaceful pro-democracy protesters in 2014, the news moved swiftly through social media. Photos and videos of mostly student demonstrators being gassed helped fuel the outrage that ultimately drove hundreds of thousands of people into the streets. – RSS Channel – World

Things Aren’t Getting Much Calmer in France

January 6, 2019 |

French security forces fired tear gas and flash-balls after a march through picturesque central Paris went from peaceful to provocative Saturday as several thousand protesters staged the yellow vest movement’s first action of 2019 to keep up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, the AP reports. A riverboat restaurant moored below…