Why Hacktivism will lead to Digital Sovereignty

In this context the term hacker does not refer to someone engaged in cybercrime. Rather, it refers to those motivated by curiosity and learning. In this sense, hackers are active participants engaged in shaping their digital platforms. Likewise, hackable systems do not refer to digital systems that are inherently insecure. Hackable systems are open and lend themselves to technical tinkering, modification, creative problem solving, adaptation and forking. Hackable also applies to open algorithms, machine learning and deep learning models.

As automation and AI become ever more pervasive, the scale of jobs automated away will increase accordingly. The need for lifelong learning to become the norm rather than the exception will also become ever more apparent. Hackers will gain the advantage here for a number of reasons. Firstly, pervasive computing, hyperconnectivity and the integral income generating potential of decentralised systems will impact the flow of knowledge. The diffusion effect and the bandwidth effect will increase the marginal utility of decentralised platforms per unit of time. Unlike users of today’s generation of social media platforms, hackers will be stakeholders in the decentralised systems they help to build and transact in.

In contrast to users of today’s generation of social media platforms, hackers will expend greater levels of energy developing their skill sets and digital assets. However, the energy will be used more productively; learning, collaborating, building, maintaining, and earning an income, most likely from multiple revenue streams. It is difficult to predict how trustless economies and dynamic governance will evolve. Numerai may offer one example of what to expect. On the Numerai platform, data scientists are paid in bitcoin to build an open hedge fund by modelling the stock market. Another example is Handshake, a decentralised DNS and certificate authority incorporating economic incentives.

To adapt to constant technological change, it is inevitable participatory inquiry and active learning will evolve. It will probably take several decades before efficient and resilient decentralised platforms emerge, but they will, and become formidable competitors to closed platforms and service providers. In the meantime, the scarcity of attention means that social media technologies will continue to test the boundaries of reward pathway stimulation.

How can a transition to greater digital sovereignty be accelerated? Force social networking services to seek out alternative business models by repealing Section 230.

The issue is similar to the ongoing situation between TikTok and US authorities. If technological and digital sovereignty applies to the nation state, then it should apply to individual citizens too.

Hi John

So a summary would be: “social media technologies will continue to test the boundaries of reward pathway stimulation” in the commodity space on the right of the map - but building on “automation and AI become ever more pervasive” this enables and empowers hacktivism and trends towards more open platforms?

Given that tools like Numerai and handshake are present, I would grade the field to be emerging rather than novel/concept. But that’s just position - where it’s heading is more interesting… Are there any inertia/blockers? One could be sunk cost fallacy in the existing closed platforms…

A subtrend of hacktivism is the “personalization” of medical devices. Tools and API’s exist to allow people to hack their own heart - see below - thus being more hackers than users - thus challenging the status quo and driving innovation from the left.

thank’s again

Thank you for your comments @jesper

I would summarise it differently. As automation and AI become ever more pervasive, humans will move up the stack. To adapt, the way we learn, such as participatory inquiry and active learning, will evolve.

Numerai is an emerging community/economy. Handshake is experimental.

Alternative business models and incentives.

As an enabler of digital sovereignty, I would draw a distinction between consuming APIs on closed platforms and developing decentralised applications on open platforms.