Centralized payments are a powerful force for centralization of the web, creating platforms for content and services that are centralized around a payment processor/aggregator. What happens when payments themselves become decentralized? The nexus of centralization dissolves and the content platforms can become decentralized too. In this talk presented at the Los Angeles Bitcoin Meetup, Andreas examines the impact of payments and the re-decentralization of the web.
Keywords/phrases: How do we go from being the product to being the solution? Take control of your money. Pay for the services you consume, instead of providing information for “free” services. A good guide: if you can use a service anonymously, you’re not the product; if you can’t, you’re the product and your data is going to get harvested somewhere down the road. The question is what kind of Web we want to leave for the next generation.