Can you use social media without exposing your personal data?

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You Already Knew It

Spoiler alert — social media companies sell your personal data!

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.
Provenance is unclear. This has been around for decades.
Recommend that you look it up on DuckDuckGo.

Through:

BBC: The Virtual Revolution — The Cost of Free
Dr Aleks Krotoski explores how the internet is reshaping our lives. She shows how commerce has colonised the web, and how ‘free’ sites are paid for.

To:

Privacy is Power Carissa Véliz discusses why and…


How to use social media without exposing your personal data

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Normal social media platforms use centralisation of personal data, and it’s looking like a really bad thing for individuals, and indeed, society as a whole.

A Decentralised Social Media Platform

Here is one possible solution:


How can you protect your personal data if organisations store it in central repositories?

Colourful paper boats floating on a still lake at night. Photo by Andy Hall on Unsplash Retouched by Kitty West
Colourful paper boats floating on a still lake at night. Photo by Andy Hall on Unsplash Retouched by Kitty West
Photo by Andy Hall on Unsplash Retouched by Kitty West

I’ve got my personal data with me. It’s my email address, telephone number, home address, passport etcetera.


What difference does it make if Personal Data is Distributed instead of Centralised?

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My personal data is my email address, telephone number, home address, date-of-birth, sex, etcetera. Basically, any data that is pertaining specifically to me.


It’s time to transfer the control of personal data from organisations to people.

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Summary

In today’s world, our personal data is usually stored and controlled by organisations.

Discussion

What is personal data?

It’s our email address, telephone numbers, home address, bank account details, location, preferred hot drink, basically any data pertaining to us.

Who owns our personal data?

We do.

Where is our personal data stored, and who controls it?

In today’s world, our personal data is usually stored and controlled by organisations:


This article discusses the ideal location to store personal data.

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Discussion

Where is the ideal location to store personal data?


This article discusses Solidity smart contracts sharing common data using libraries.

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Introduction

In our article “Smart Contracts Sharing Common Data”, we described why and how Solidity Smart Contracts share common data.

Example Model

For this article, we assume that we are building a solution that matches “Smart Contracts Sharing Common Data”, that is, a Router contains a Producer that produces some objects that are queued for a Consumer to consume…


This article discusses why and how some Solidity smart contracts share common data.

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There are many possible models of interaction between multiple smart contracts. In the example for this article, we consider a simple Producer to Consumer model, so that we can focus on the theme of sharing common data:


This article considers using value arrays to improve sorting in Solidity, the defacto smart contract language for the Ethereum blockchain.

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Background

In my article “Sorting in Solidity without Comparison”, I compared various sorting techniques on Solidity memory arrays. In summary, my conclusion, according to the provided code, data and tests, was that the Unique Sort on dynamic uint memory arrays was most suitable for my particular application. If you need to sort Solidity storage arrays, consider the article “Shadowing Solidity Storage Variables in Memory” which illustrates the best technique.

Discussion

A…


We need our smart contracts to handle accounts with multiple roles. What is the most efficient way of doing that?

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Accounts and Roles — Background

During the development and testing of Datona Lab’s Solidity smart data access contracts (S-DAC), we often need to handle accounts with multiple roles, such as contract owner and data owner, or data auditor and data regulator.

Discussion

Our Solidity smart contracts often contain state machines, as per the article “State Machines in Solidity.” Whenever a user attempts to transition the smart contract from one state to another, it checks whether the user has the permission…

Jules Goddard

Experienced high-integrity software engineer, crypto code compactor and Datona Labs founder — providing smart contracts to protect your digital information.

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