Will governments control tomorrow’s Digital Earth?


What’s the role of government in tomorrow’s trans-border digital worlds?


Who will control tomorrow’s digital world?

What happens in a digital world where there are still countries that fear free speech, that fear the power of individuals? How do we navigate through that?

The question of governments that want unlimited control — like China with speech and thought and what people are able to do — is part of the Expandiverse.

It can go several directions.

The most basic direction is, if I can shape my own reality, my own Shared Spaces, I not only can keep certain things in, I can keep other things out.

In each of my Shared Spaces I control whether it is public, private or secret. I control its boundaries — what I let in and what’s blocked and kept out. I control which continuous connections it includes — which people, services, places, tools, resources and entertainment are always on and displayed on the screens that I see and use.

It will be normal to have different Shared Spaces for family, work, projects, friends or anything I want. There are lots of ways to enjoy life and I can have similar or different kinds of interests and boundaries for each of my Shared Spaces. My “world” for each of them will be different, and what I decide.

The Expandiverse also includes multiple identities, because medical science hasn’t defeated death yet. The Expandiverse defeats death by adding multiple digital lives, in parallel, within our one lifetime. I will control who I am, so I can explore different ways to develop my skills and potentials.

In the future some of my new digital controls will be whether I want to live one or more lives, which Shared Spaces I choose to be in, my boundaries for what’s included (and excluded) in each Shared Space, and how often I flip between my different identities and Spaces.

I will be the one who decides my digital life — actually, my digital lives.

Digital reality will be larger, and increasingly more powerful, than physical reality.

How is government going to apply its rules and laws to me when it doesn’t even know which reality I’m in? When it actually figures that out, by then I’ve moved on to a different Shared Space, and maybe to a different privacy level, and perhaps even a different identity. It’s likely I’ll make multiple changes each day.

Each of my “digital realities” — my Shared Spaces — will have its own set of boundaries and “rules” — as I define them. I’ll choose what I want in each of my Shared Spaces. Digital reality will be “you-centered.” It will fit me, not the other way around.

That means control, in the Expandiverse, adds every person to today’s control by governments.

Once people have control, governments will still have certain kinds of control. But our digital future will also include other kinds of control that are person-based, not just government-based.


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