Holochain Forum

Use cases and challenges under adversarial governments

With the swell of authoritarian tendencies (e.g Hungary’s authoritarian takeover) and increasing pressure for adoption of various surveillance measures by governments, what might be opportunities and challenges for Holochain use cases?

In the CZ there’s a strong grassroots movement (“Million Moments for Democracy”) for example, dilligently making visible different mal-attempts of the corrupt government officials and other entities, mobilizing and encouraging citizens to coordinate (300000 strong demonstration last year and other initiatives) etc.

In the light of Holochain’s accent on accountability (vs. anonymity) what could be hApp patterns suitable for such potentially adversarial circumstances?


Interested in this too. Imagine innovating in a sector near the copyright industry. Or building the next Telegram.

are there ways around certain laws?

for example,
could it be possible to classify a DHT as a ‘private’ server? where members sign a hold-harmless waiver that says “application is not liable for accuracy of content”
I’m not familiar with European legislation, but was thinking that by requiring membership to a media site, then could potentially circumvent the term ‘publishing’ since the information is not being made to the ‘general public’

could use validation requirement to verify ID for admittance. this would also help prevent fake accounts, disruptive behavior (reputation system), possible DDoS, etc

it will be interesting to see how the legal implications of a decentralized architecture unfold…