I'm 100% for freedom of speech and thought. Yet, I'm seeing a need for some form of censorship, or lets all them rules. If NOSTR doesn't have any, it will quickly be taken over by liars, scammers, criminal elements selling lord knows what (or whom) and spambots. We've all seen it happen.
Providing users with a network that anyone can join and no one can be censored and provides open communication is going to be attractive to spammers and scammers.
Here is a twitter post made by a man who shows how easy it was to create a spam bot for NOSTR. Let the user beware.
By Fabian Ommar
Bitcoin users have already flocked to it en masse. It has been the subject of constant raving from Edward Snowden. The former CEO and founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, is participating. Itís being heralded as the replacement for Twitter and Instagram, but some industry insiders predict itíll destroy both.
Although itís too early to tell if NOSTR can achieve all of that, one thing it wonít be is another social networking platform (if only because itís not even a platform). Read on to learn more and find out what NOSTR is and why has the potential to transform interpersonal relationships and communication.
Itís short for ďNotes and Other Stuff Transmitted by Relays.Ē Itís officially described as ďa decentralized network built on cryptographic keypairs that is not peer-to-peer.Ē None of that soup of words does much to describe NOSTR, and the concept may take some time to sink in for those used to traditional social media.
However, once you do, NOSTRís potential is obvious.
It is not a platform. It doesnít have a server, a fancy glass office building full of nerds playing ping-pong and bingeing on free chai lattes, slick marketers, or even a CEO. You donít really sign up for a NOSTR account and donít look for a NOSTR app because there isnít one available in the stores.
NOSTR is a protocol, or more precisely, a decentralized base-level protocol, that allows anyone to build nearly whatever they like, including a chat room, a social media platform, an interactive game, and a news site.
A developer by the name of fiatjaf designed and coded NOSTR in 2020 as a discrete, open-source, niche substitute for both Twitter and Mastodon. NOSTR is powered and distributed through decentralized platforms and apps, or ďclients,Ē in contrast to conventional social media.
The excitement and expectations that followed the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk are gradually fading.
Even if the blue birdís platform may now function better, users are beginning to realize the fact that itís still largely the same Twitter. This is due to the fact that centralized, server-based social media is always open to outside manipulation. It can be hacked, compromised, suppressed, tampered with, co-opted, or censored. Or purchased, as the Twitter transaction has demonstrated.
When Twitter changed hands, Mastodon, a social network made up of autonomous servers arranged around particular themes, subjects, or interests, started to grow quickly on the promise of decentralization. However, Mastodon is still based on servers whose administrators can censor or shadow-ban usersí material or manage their usernames and identity. Thatís the crux of the matter.
There is a top-to-bottom movement that favors decentralization.
Geopolitically, this happens through the realignment of allegiances and partnerships of nations. Individuals, on the other hand, need to figure out how to keep their money, savings, and voices out of the reach of governments, bureaucrats, and technocrats.
Nobody is pleased with the scramble for power thatís taking place everywhere, and decentralizing technology may offer the common person a way out of the rat cage.
As big tech and legacy media collude with governments to control the narratives and censor dissent, people are searching for alternative locations and social media platforms where they can exchange and propagate ideas and their creations without running the risk of being de-platformed, censored, or canceled without much in the way of appeal.
Against this background comes NOSTR.
Although the mainstream media hasnít yet taken notice of NOSTR, itís been making the rounds in the digital underworld for some time and beginning to surface and gain some traction. The final push was given by none other than Twitter by adding NOSTR to the list of items/services forbidden from being advertised on its platform. All this did was put NOSTR square in the spotlight.
After everything that transpired with COVID, lockdowns, vaccines, and everything else during the previous two years or so, what better way to put something squarely in the spotlight than to make it verboten?
How do people use NOSTR?
In NOSTR, you can create an ďaccountĒ by using an operating app (more on this soon). However, the decentralized architecture means that users control their pubkey (username) and private key (password) instead of the server owner/host (because neither exists). In other words, you own your full profile and can use it across all ďclientsĒ or apps and platforms as theyíre called.
After logging in with your private key, youíre then free to run a client, log into your account (with your public key), and share posts or create articles. If a post is shared with another client, the information is transmitted ďtrustlesslyĒ around the network in a similar way to how Bitcoin and cryptocurrency transactions are dispersed to all nodes in the platform.
The foundation of the systemís operation is the relay servers that send, receive, index, structure, and store events (or messages) independently. Itís quite geeky and technical, and I admit that I donít know nearly enough about programming, computers, or the internet to fully comprehend all of its intricacies. As a result, I recommend reading this article on Bitcoin Magazine if you truly want to go into the technical details of NOSTR.
Iím more interested in NOSTRís potential to serve as a decentralized base protocol that would enable the free creation and growth of truly independent, uncensored news and content outlets and social media.
With NOSTR, no one can restrict you or your content because it uses a decentralized protocol, and you own your login and key. You can choose who you communicate with, who you follow, and what you donít want to see, but you canít restrict other usersí content in any manner or stop them from seeing your stuff. Nobody can.
Itís a pretty straightforward protocol with lots of room for customization, ensuring that users can always communicate with one another regardless of what specific relay server operators decide to host or not to host.
How to NOSTR?
Even though the group chat is still being constructed, the NOSTR webpage invites you to join them on Telegram. Yes, it has just recently begun to take shape.
On February 1st, Apple and Google approved and made accessible the first Twitter-like apps in their stores, DAMUS (iOS) and Amethyst (Android), respectively. With those, you may make your pubkey and begin dabbling with NOSTR on your smartphone
Both are similar to Twitter, but if you feel a little lost, donít worry or be intimidated because practically everyone there is still learning.
The projects ANIGMA (a Telegram-like conversation), BRANLE (similar to DAMUS), even a game (JESTER, a chess player), and others are already moving forward. Programmers are all over it, and everyone wants to be the next Twitter or Instagram or possibly something even more cutting-edge and ground-breaking than anything we now have. That is a huge incentive in and of itself for developers.
The protocol is still limited in many ways.
As I said, NOSTR is still being constructed. The apps themselves are rather crude and are largely copies of popular apps like Twitter right now. Thatís to say, itís not all roses, and NOSTR undoubtedly has certain problems and shortcomings that arenít yet obvious at this point because of its insufficient critical mass, track record, and database, among other limitations.
Am I excited about NOSTR? You bet. You should be too.
Tell us your initial thoughts in the comment section. Have you heard of this before? Do you think it will be beneficial? How long do you think it will be before the government will try to crack down on it? Letís discuss it.
Source: The Organic Prepper
Fabian Ommar is a 50-year-old middle-class worker living in S„o Paulo, Brazil. Far from being the super-tactical or highly trained military survivor type, he is the average joe who since his youth has been involved with self-reliance and outdoor activities and the practical side of balancing life between a big city and rural/wilderness settings. Since the 2008 world economic crisis, he has been training and helping others in his area to become better prepared for the ďconstant, slow-burning SHTFĒ of living in a 3rd world country.
Fabianís ebook, Street Survivalism: A Practical Training Guide To Life In The City , is a practical training method for common city dwellers based on the lifestyle of the homeless (real-life survivors) to be more psychologically, mentally, and physically prepared to deal with the harsh reality of the streets during normal or difficult times. Heís also the author of The Ultimate Survival Gear Handbook.