Before the advent of crypto-powered Web3, the vision of a surveillance-free alternative internet was based on the success and popularity of the dark web. This is a term for web content that exists on overlay network that uses the Internet but requires specific software, configurations, authorization, or access. Private computer networks can communicate anonymously and conduct business without disclosing any identifying information such as user’s location.
It was designed to allow communication to be free from the surveillance of corporations and governments. This worked. However, it was quickly hijacked and used by terrorists and criminals. Tor, the most popular dark web network is full of child sexual exploitation imagery and arms dealers, human trafficking and drugs. No matter where you are on the free speech spectrum, many of the dark web content is more of an issue than a feature that should be left.
Up until now, cryptocurrency was used as a currency to trade goods and services on dark web. One anonymous project, known only as Tomi, has discovered a way to harness the blockchain to address the issue of censorship. The project is developing TomiNet, an encrypted protocol that empowers journalists, activists, and everyday citizens to surf the internet without government or corporate surveillance.
The network is led by eight crypto veterans and 72 developers. It uses DAO governance to encourage community-driven censorship of the more illegal activities that are rampant on the most popular alternative internet networks.
TomiNet’s idea is simple. Governments and corporations cannot be trusted to manage the network, just as they can’t control the dark web. Instead, let the community take down violence and exploitation in its own way.
TomiNet is governed and managed by a community-led DAO. It votes via Tomi tokens and “Pioneer NFTs” to make decisions about TomiNet’s operation and censor content that does not comply with the network’s “blacklist”. The DAO will vote down terror, child-sexual abuse imagery, and other forms violence.
The Tomi team has a weight that is equal to the average user in voting about community guidelines and censorship. However, it will have enough tokens to be able to have greater influence over the technological direction in the initial stages.
TomiNet is structured so that the citizens of the new internet can out-vote core developers and technological leaders within three years. This is intentional by Tomi, which does not seek to wield the same power as the leaders of projects like Cosmos or Ethereum.
While the question of how to control the dark web’s most dangerous elements is sure to be debated for many years, one thing is certain: blockchain mechanisms aren’t the enemy. In fact, they can be part of the solution as Tomi suggests in creating TomiNet. It will be interesting to see how far DAO governance is able to clean up the elements that gave the dark internet its name.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. This article is not intended to be used for legal, tax, investment or financial advice.

  

Before the advent of crypto-powered Web3, the vision of a surveillance-free alternative internet was based on the success and popularity of the dark web. This is a term for web content that exists on overlay network that uses the Internet but requires specific software, configurations, authorization, or access. Private computer networks can communicate anonymously and conduct business without revealing any identifying information. However, it was quickly hijacked and used by terrorists and criminals. Tor, the most popular dark web network, is full of child sexual exploitation imagery and arms dealers, human trafficking and drugs. No matter where you are on the free speech spectrum, many of the dark web’s content is more of an issue than a feature. Until now, cryptocurrency was used to exchange goods and services via the dark web. One anonymous project, known only as Tomi, has discovered a way to harness the blockchain to address the issue of censorship. The project is developing TomiNet, an encrypted protocol that empowers journalists, activists, and everyday citizens to surf the internet without government surveillance and corporate surveillance. Instead, let the community strike down violence and exploitation anonymously. TomiNet is governed and managed by a community-led DAO. It votes via Tomi tokens and “Pioneer NFTs” about running TomiNet, and censoring content that does not comply with the network’s “blacklist”. Terror, child-sexual abuse imagery, and other forms are some of the categories that will be voted down by DAO. This is intentional by Tomi, which does not seek to have the same power as the leaders of projects like Cosmos or Ethereum. However, it is certain that blockchain mechanisms are not the enemy and can actually be part of the solution, just as Tomi suggested in building TomiNet. It will be interesting to see how far DAO governance can go in keeping the dark web’s elements out of TomiNet. This article is not intended to be used for legal, tax, investment or financial advice.