“I can run my own mail server, but it doesn’t functionally matter for privacy, censorship resistance, or control – because GMail is going to be on the other end of every email that I send or receive anyway. Once a distributed ecosystem centralizes around a platform for convenience, it becomes the worst of both worlds (…). I can build my own NFT marketplace, but it doesn’t offer any additional control if OpenSea mediates the view of all NFTs in the wallets people use.”
@zoul I've found that it's not just about those companies through which crypto transactions take place. It's also about those who define the rules. For example, the crypto OXEN. There's a non-profit foundation behind it that says how much to spend on staking (when you want to add a new node to the network). It says how many people can share that amount. Etc. Etc. => that one foundation defines the rules. And that foundation profits from new nodes (it's also the rule). But who is this foundation, anyway? Is it really possible to join it and vote for different rules, for instance?
In other words, the whole network may look like it's decentralized, but from my perspective, it's actually not. The only thing that is truly decentralized is the protocol itself (or the blockchain). But even if I write my own client for the network, I'm still not allowed by that foundation to connect to the network.
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