Identity 6.0: What we can learn from Mr. Robot

We embark on a journey to personality: What does identity mean? How do we move from analogue to digital identity? Now we’re coming to the end: What can decentralized technologies do for digital identity? Today: Identity 6.0.: What we can learn from Mr. Robot.

Anyone who has seen Mr. Robot retains a queasy feeling. You want to mask your laptop camera quickly, paste the microphone and throw the computer right out of the window – because nothing is safe. The protagonist of the series, Elliot Alderson, says at one point:

„People are always the best security holes. I’ve never found it particularly difficult to hack most people“.

Mr. Robot and the question of digital identity and the Bitcoin secret

In the fight against the multinational conglomerate Evil Corp., the paranoid schizophrenic Elliot Alderson hacks his way into the lives of his fellow men almost effortlessly – and somehow into their heads, too. While watching, a gloomy picture emerges of the Bitcoin secret that is just as paranoid as the protagonist of the series. Almost all of us carry the recipients who make such hacks possible in our trouser pockets. Ultimately, our smartphones contain everything that defines us: the bank account, the shoe size, sexual preferences and the taste for music. All this floats somewhere in this elusive space of the digital Bitcoin secret.

At the latest after Elliot Alderson has been observed effortlessly hacking identity data, the question of the security of his data should occupy you. Then you can ask yourself the question: To whom does this data belong at all? The answer to both questions lies on central servers. Whether it’s security and the associated protection of the data or the power to dispose of it – in most cases both lie with individual „Evil Corps“ and rarely with individuals.

How do we regain power over our cryptosoft data?

One more reason to think about how to regain power over your data: Approaches already exist, but so far the urgency of using them does not seem to exist yet. Be it convenience or simply ignorance: Many people still don’t seem to care what happens to their data. If you still want to look for alternatives, we have some suggestions where you can regain power over your cryptosoft data. You also get money for it.

Steemit – Getting paid for blogging
Steemit resembles Reddit the most among the well-known social networks. The main difference is that all blog entries are stored on the blockchain. These blog entries can be posted from accounts. If you create entries that are particularly worth reading, hearing or seeing, other users can rate them with Steem Power or Steem Dollar. There is also an internal reputation system. The decentralized network offers a first approach to escape the data kraken by the internal crypto currency and the Wallet system.

Jolocom – Sovereign digital identities
The Jolocom project aims to offer its users a „self-sovereign identity“. An option, then, is to manage one’s identity data in a sovereign manner via an app. In combination with a wallet and the possibility to identify themselves by fingerprint, users will also be able to decide who to give their data to, how and when – especially what they get for it.

Minds – Like Facebook, only better
Minds is a project that is probably most suited to the habits of its users. It combines the features of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook – the users probably don’t have to get used to it the most when they change. The code behind the platform belongs to the community – everyone has access and can change it. By preventing censorship, the network supports freedom of expression. But it also gives users a platform whose opinion they don’t necessarily want to hear. But you can manually filter your newsfeed to avoid this.

Here, too, users can earn money with their data. With a peer-to-peer advertising system, users can advertise and get money for it. You can pay in Bitcoin or by credit card.

Famous last words
Admittedly, the selection presented is extremely small. In the world of blockchain and decentralization there is a lot to do

Identity 6.0: What we can learn from Mr. Robot