The blockchain technologies are largely known through the prism of the cryptocurrencies. But, of course, they are more pratical applications:
- files exchange
At this point, the ongoing works in this field are an intersting motor for the development of exchanges of all kind.
The concept of the blockchain is based on the principle that, at time
t, every peers in the network find a consensus
to validate the same vision of the data.
Of course, the more decentralized the network is, the more you can trust the data and their non-sizing. Therefore it is necesseray to have:
- independent miners
- independent validators
- several networks (AS)
In the case of a cryptocurrency, this is an absolute necessity.
In order to protect your digital independence, it is important:
- to be able to send and receive money to/from anybody and at anytime
- to have trust in the independence and impartiality of the network
Some cryptocurrencies offer that but you also need to be part of the network and host yourself a full-node if you want to fullfill the second point.
Some useful links
He analyses the cryptocurrencies (bitcoin) with a technical point of view but also offers some thoughts of their impact of the digital independence (and more).
On his site https://lopp.net, he gathers an impressiv list of articles, links and technical data.
An content aggregator.
Hosting a full-node to be independent in the network
A status page for the bitcoincore daemon and its forks