Your freedom is under attack
Your freedom and privacy on the Internet and in everyday life is under attack - you might not even know it.
With the increased surveillance and centralization of the Internet, it is clear that a major shift is needed in order to protect the stability, privacy and trust of the network. Centralization is increasing with more and more servers ending up in huge data centers owned by just a handful of corporations. The following is quoted from Wikipedia:
All services are billed based on usage, but each service measures usage in varying ways. As of 2017, AWS owns 33% of all cloud (IaaS, PaaS) while the next two competitors Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud have 18%, and 9% respectively, according to Synergy Group.
The purpose of the Internet is to create a decentralized network - when services and servers get centralized it threatens the stability and trust of that network. What happens if these businesses one day face regulatory problems or if a country where one of their data centers are running come under the control of a totalitarian regime or government? Will you be able to trust them to keep services running? Can you trust them to keep your data safe? What if their services or data centers get compromised? They might unintentionally leak your private data without even realizing. Spyware is getting increasingly more sophisticated - how do you know their systems have not been infected?
The amount of malware and spyware is increasing every year. In the 2021 security report from PurpleSec we can get a picture of the scale of the problem. The lack of security and increased centralization makes not only private desktops ideal targets, but also servers. Once malware enters private networks or networks behind firewalls it becomes easier for most malware to spread.
There is also the very real threat of intentional monitoring and theft of data from the provider. Can you trust businesses whose sole purpose is monetary gain?
If we analyze this problem further, it quickly gets much worse with significantly deeper issues surfacing. Government services, including healthcare data, medical records, criminal records and all other data you can think of are, at an increasing rate, being stored offshore in major data centers. Even Swedish welfare services (and services in other countries) often use external providers that, in the majority of cases, store their data in these centralized cloud services. Centralization also makes it easier for malicious actors to disrupt and take down services and even steal your data from the provider. Eventually, everybody is directly or indirectly affected.
The bottom line is - if the Internet keeps developing in the current direction, we will inevitably end up in a very uncomfortable situation.
This is one of the reasons why The Unigrid Foundation was started. Like everybody else, we also want to be safe on the Internet and in our everyday social life. We shouldn't have to worry that everything about us will be leaked by a third party or even fourth party just because we use their service.
The Unigrid network protects your freedom and privacy by giving you total control of your services and data. If you own the private key for your service and data, you alone control it and can access it. Furthermore, the data and services are deployed in a fault-tolerant and distributed fashion which means that they can never go offline. Once deployed, they are always live on the network. Because of the sharded design, unlike more centralized deployments, the Unigrid network also protects against most DDoS attacks.
If you want to know how the Unigrid network aims to accomplish this, please refer to our white paper. You can view all the releases of the white paper directly on GitHub.
A real world example
Every week Joe visits his local psychiatrist Jane. He tells her his most cherished and private thoughts - topics that should be confidential between him and Jane. Of course, Jane has done what she is technically capable of doing to keep the stored data of her patients private. Jane meticulously stores her patient records via an external provider that provides a journaling system for health centers. What Jane does not know is that the data is stored on an unencrypted server in a huge data center in the U.S via another provider.
If there is a breach or data leak of any kind with the server provider, all of Joe's patient records risk being leaked onto the Internet or to come into the hands of another party, including the records of each and every patient that Jane has met.
Furthermore, the server provider has insufficient backups, so if something was to happen to the server, Jane would lose all her patient records permanently.
A real world problem
This perfectly describes the problem we are facing. Not only are people and governments unaware of how deep the problem runs - they trust the providers to do a good job and keep their data safe. Unfortunately there are just too many points of failure.
With Unigrid, providers don't have to implement and add encryption and security on their own. Instead, the Unigrid network automates this process, encrypting, securing and sharding data and services in a fault-tolerant and redundant way. Rather than relying on seperate businesses, the Internet becomes a global service where everybody can participate and store data.