One of the most talked about aspect of blockchain technology is its decentralized nature. This means that blockchain doesn’t rely on a central point of control. Rather, it hands that control back to users through consensus protocols distributed across a network of nodes.
In the world of history, decentralization brings not only administrative value, but it also increases the opportunities for citizens to take an interest in public affairs. The internet, for example, has made it possible for everyone to act as their own publisher and there is little censorship in the sharing of ideas.
One major challenge of history recording today is locating sources. Many historical records have never been published, and they may only be available in the archives. The trouble is that archives continue to grow bigger and bigger, which means that retrieving historical records is becoming even more difficult. Besides, some materials, like letters, were not published at the time of creation, but have been subsequently published in a book, or digitized and made available online. In the subsequent publishing of these materials, some information might be omitted, exaggerated or lost. This makes it difficult to find original and accurate information about our past.
That being said, distributed ledger technology (DLT) provides a reliable solution for history record keeping and archiving. Thanks to the consensus protocol. Blockchain ensures that once the information is stored on the ledger, it would require the consensus of all the machines for that information to be changed. This provides immutability, security, and transparency in a trustless system.
Decentralization for history means transferring authority and control from editors to users. It also implies sharing user-generated content for a more efficient economy. Blockchain facilitates peer-to-peer sharing of information beyond just books, helping members of the community to authenticate and validate the accuracy of information. In addition, a blockchain-based database could serve to validate the credentials of historical information published on any website—similar to what fact-checking websites do for news headlines.
Here at Historia, our mission is to decentralize the recording of history from few to many. We believe that allowing any centralized authority to manipulate, obscure or delete historical accounts facilitates ignorance and hinder the advancement of civilization. Our platform incentivizes users to submit current events that are as accurate as possible.
Users submit proposals about a particular event to the blockchain. The submitted record then goes through a review and evaluation by a diverse, globally distributed pool of voters. If the majority of users come to a consensus after evaluating the proposed entry and determining that it is accurate, then the record will receive funding and be permanently added to the Historia blockchain. The record will, therefore, become immutable and can neither be altered, edited, or deleted. Not only does this enhance decentralizing the way we document history, but it also ensures that information is recorded in an immutable manner to help prevent possible censorship, editing or doctoring.
Lastly, recording current and future events on the blockchain makes it easier to locate any piece of information as a list of all these collections are stored and maintained on the platform. This will also promote collaboration with organizations such as museums, universities, and libraries.
Historia is a community project. The influence of any one superpower does not endure in Historia. The project is for the greater good of the global community with allegiance to no one except the everlasting truth of how it actually happened. If you would like to be a part Historia discussion, join us on Discord and let us know your thoughts. All spectrum of opinions and facts wanted, come all.
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