Daniel Satchkov is the founder of Bastyon, which is decentralised social network focusing on privacy and free speech. It uses a peer-to-peer network, avoiding central servers, which boosts privacy and buffers against censorship.

The aim of Bastyon is to be an alternative to mainstream social networks (like X).

What does it all mean?

There are three aspects to consider:

  • centralisation,
  • decentralisation, and
  • distribution.

Centralisation means control by one entity, like a person or a company.

Decentralisation spreads control across many independent entities.

Distribution is about where parts of a system are located.

In a non-distributed system, all parts are in the same place. In a distributed system, parts are in different places.

For example, think about Microsoft Word on a Windows computer. This is centralised and non-distributed because Microsoft controls the application and operating system, and both are on the computer. However, if you switch to Linux and an open-source equivalent to Word, it’s decentralised because many people contribute to it, but still non-distributed as everything runs on one computer.

A cloud service for data storage can be centralised but distributed. Your data might be on different machines, which is distributed. But if one company controls all these machines, it’s centralised. (Google Docs, for example.)

Cryptocurrency is often both decentralised and distributed. Public blockchains are usually decentralised, but private blockchains are often controlled by one entity.

Enter Bastyon

Bastyon, a Web3 social networking platform, aims to change things by reducing the power of Big Tech.

It uses blockchain technology and an open-source model for decentralisation.

My Bastyon account

Bastyon operates on the principle that users, not corporations, should control the platform. This approach counters issues like monopolisation and censorship. The platform’s decentralised nature allows users to moderate content, run nodes, and govern the platform, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.

I am not opposed to X (and I am active on it), but I believe that competition is important. Plus, I am not convinced that X should be a one-stop shop; having your eggs in one basket is not a good idea.

Bastyon is a great alternative. In fact, a large number of my videos, such as the following conversation with Daniel Satchkov, are hosted on Bastyon.

Decentralisation is the key to empowering people. It puts the control back into the hands of local communities.

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