The father of the NOSTR protocol is @fiatjaf (pseudonym - we will name him Pater Nostr from now 🙂). The specifications for the protocol are maintained on Nostr GitHub repository on GitHub.
We can see on Google Trends the evolution of the technology. Until the end of 2022, there was little interest in technology. Surprise or not, we can see a big interest in China.
The NOSTR protocol was created to provide a censorship-resistant alternative to Twitter, which has been criticized for its censorship policies and algorithms that manipulate users' feeds. Twitter's censorship policies have created a binary view of society where individuals are either with or against a particular viewpoint, and those who are against the dominant narrative are often silenced or "canceled."
The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘canceled’ - Rowan Atkinson - Mr. Bean.
The NOSTR protocol addresses this problem by providing a platform where users have complete control over the content they post and can share it in a decentralized way. Instead of relying on a centralized authority to manage content, NOSTR uses a distributed network of relays to securely transmit messages and ensure that users have complete control over their data.
The protocol is maintained on a GitHub repository, which allows for transparency and easy accessibility to users. Specifications are updated regularly, and the protocol is designed to be simple and easy to use, making it accessible to many users.
As Lyn Alden's article "Implications of Open Monetary and Information Networks" highlights, the problem with social media algorithms is that they create a simplistic and binary view of society, where users are either with or against a particular viewpoint. This reinforces echo chambers and prevents the exchange of diverse perspectives. The NOSTR protocol provides a solution to this by enabling users to express their views freely without fear of censorship or being "canceled."
The NOSTR protocol was created as a censorship-resistant alternative to Twitter, providing a decentralized platform where users have complete control over their content. The protocol is maintained on GitHub, is designed to be simple and easy to use, and allows for transparency and accessibility to users. The NOSTR protocol represents a significant step towards creating a more open and transparent information network that empowers users and promotes the free exchange of diverse perspectives.
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