Decentralization and Data Gravity
Updated: Feb 13
There is huge value in data. This is especially true for big data where statistical trends can be identified to provide insights that can give an advantage into social interests, investments like commodities, equities, and political sway. The more data concentrated into an area the more applications and services can be derived from the data. We can see this with data centers and especially very large data centers which provide services like search, shopping, or social media while simultaneously collecting data and developing services businesses with this data. This is an example of centralization. It is what we know as the Internet or Cloud.
I think it's run its course. In this blog, I suggest an alternative that could provide more safety, security, stability, and privacy. This is a decentralized network or an intranet that shifts data gravity back to local communities. This shift in data gravity will empower new applications and services that benefit the local community and all of its stakeholders with opportunity and wealth generation. Commerce and supply chain will focus back locally for more sustainability and corporate social responsibility which will benefit the community. This will accelerate as the community becomes more independent and less dependent on centralized systems and services that have created huge amounts of disruption out of local control. Lack of local data gravity has marginalized communities and created deeper and wider digital divides.
A decentralized city is a smart city that empowers its community to come together as a local community in support of the community. A smart city will generate more local economic stability and development and will be attractive to citizens seeking safety, security, and stability due to its local data gravity. It will produce and consume locally, and trade goods and services with other smart cities.
A city that surrenders all of its data to a Cloud data center would not be considered smart. However, the Cloud data center would be considered smart for gaining all of that data.
Smart cities can turn-the-tables so to speak and leverage all the data gravity for their community. This should extend naturally from the City to the County and to the State. Imagine a smart state that is smart enough to manage its data gravity for its citizen's benefit. Yes, this can extend to the country level and it should.
Elected officials should really consider what's best for their constituents and understand the value of data gravity which is about the most valuable commodity we know of. Protecting data is essential to safety, security, and stability.
Localization is a great opportunity with tremendous societal benefits.