Project Oblio aims to create an area of the internet where there are no fake or mercenary accounts.
While anonymity is a powerful tool in speaking out against oppression, recent events in our time have shown that pure anonymity can have disastrous consequences. The majority of fake news articles are written and posted by anonymous persons. Despite this, under no circumstance should anonymity be outlawed – that’s not what Project Oblio intends to do. Rather, it is extremely important to consider the potential benefit of having a corner of the internet where we can be certain everyone has exactly one account. As this protocol would also double as a gateway into a human-only internet, it would behoove us to consider it as a necessary communication channel in the event of hired A.I. language bots polluting the internet’s watering holes.
Through identification, human detection, and authorization, we can build a internet where every one of a persons’s postings is tied to their unsheddable and unique aura. On this network, we ask for a higher modicum of proof that a person is reporting honestly on a particular news subject, as any dishonest news reporting will be tied to their biometricity for years, if not eternity. At the very least, a computational barrier for producing thousands of fake comments algorithmically could do wonders for digital communication.
While initially Project Oblio would like to leave all sorts of privacy to traditional blockchains (there are many, many blockchains that all claim to have the “best” privacy, but few that offer proof-of-individuality), it may be possible to have a human-only internet that is also anonymous. Although relatively new, two fields to look into are homomorphic encryption and zero-knowledge proofs. We fully anticipate these improvements to be integrated into Project Oblio at some point in the future.
Hopefully, an internet with a biometric or even just a human-detection-spam-filter will better our ability to differentiate between fact and fiction in the ever-changing digital landscape.