Continuum of data ownership
This is an excerpt of a private email between Curtis and Dustin, reprinted here with permission.
CURTIS YARVIN: There's a long continuum of data ownership:
- evilcorp has your data and you can't see it
- evilcorp has your data and offers filtered access via a UI
- evilcorp has your data and offers snapshots / queries
- evilcorp has your data and lets you mirror it effectively
- you have your data but let evilcorp mirror it effectively
- you have your data but offer evilcorp queries
Each step in this is better than the last. At the last step, I consider evilcorp tamed, to the extent that any such thing can be tamed. But you advance in this fight step by step, and evilcorp by evilcorp. Urbit is not a silver bullet and I'm skeptical that there is one.