Privacy and anti-monopoly sentiments are riding high as more and more people are becoming aware of what’s happening due to the advent of Web 2.0 which has allowed large corporations such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to mine personal; data and sell them to businesses that are hungry for customers and pay billions of dollars just to get their hands on large databases of filtered customer profiles in order to be able to target their advertising more accurately.
Web 3.0 is basically an antithesis of what Web 2.0 was, while Web 2.0 enabled a web developer to cater their work to user friendly websites using open source free to anyone software, web 3.0 targets large corporations control huge amounts of personal data and is making billions by selling them to those who want information for targeting sales. Web 3.0 will be actively putting a stop to data exploitation as in the not too distant future crypto-based phones, decentralized storage, VPNs and cryptocurrency wallets will be a norm.
Apart from that, some of the bigger advantages of Web 3.0 include a significant reduction in hacks and breach of data as data will be practically decentralized as they get distributed and this would require hackers to practically turn off entire networks to get the info they seek and state-sponsored software that government agencies and law enforcement use would be ineffective.
As much as the internet allows freedom currently, it also has a dark side where personal information is anything but safe.
When you register with a platform (usually social media or shopping sites), you will be required to divulge personal information and after you do so almost every breath you take and every move you make is monitored and listed before being categorised for segmenting and targeting before being consolidated and sold to businesses that could serve you best and although this may seem like a good thing, the likelihood of these types of information falling into the wrong hands is so high that if you knew the exact vulnerability of these systems, you will be scrambling to deregister and get your ‘Dodge out of hell” as the old adage goes.
All that will change, and as a matter of fact it has already begun with the arrival of Bitcoin and the Blockchain where everything is encrypted thoroughly and peer to peer transactions are the only methods that are acceptable. This is how the internet is supposed to work, or rather how we would like the internet to work because most people spend their time in the digital realm these days and unlike reality, it is much easier to track us through the digital realm because we tend to leave a trail of bread crumbs as we move along.
Web 3.0 will be the crows that gobble up these crumbs and render us invisible on the World Wide Web, it it will be solely at our own discretion if at all we want to be seen. Web 3.0 brings about a change almost as big as Web 1.0, while web 1.0 allowed mostly for static website design and development, Web 3.0 takes everything on the internet and attempts to place total privacy above everything else.
Again, there is a dark side to everything as Web 3.0 will is also what people with a lack of morals and sensitivity to others have been waiting for, it would become a playground for those who are criminally inclined, thus let us brace ourselves for the ‘Web Trinity” that is about to come – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.