Intro to Privacy in Web3: Metaverse for Education Newsletter Issue #17

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Vriti Saraf
Vriti Saraf
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Dear Educators & Friends,
We’ve had another week of major web3 news across industry!
  • Starbucks launched a web3 rewards program
  • 📔Pearson announced textbooks sales as NFTs
  • 📜Indian state of Maharashtra launched 100,000 diplomas on blockchain
  • 👜Gucci to accept ape-coin as currency
For better or for worse, web3 is everywhere. It is shaping our workforce & will soon filter into every facet of our lives. And yet, young people are seeking out crypto, NFT, & metaverse related learning & earning resources on their own because schools are still in the dark.
Last week, I keynoted at IDEAcon, the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance Conference. We explored how web2 collected personal data to monetize off free services. As pictured above, educators found the idea of digital identities owned by FB & Google to be pretty disturbing considering that a total of 100 million accounts were hacked across both platforms in the last five years.
Web3 on the flipside, promises decentralization & therefore, ownership of data. But what does that mean for privacy? With more students tapping into the public, immutable web3 ecosystem on their own, how do we ensure their identities are safe?
This issue is all about privacy in web3. To break it down before you dive in, it will help to think about privacy from these avenues:
  • Access: who or what has permission over your info?
  • Visibility: who can see your info?
  • Storage: how is data stored?
  • Identity: do you want to be anonymous or confidential?
  • Keys: how can you & others access your info?
  • Timeline: when is your info public vs private?
  • Tradeoffs: what do you lose or gain from different privacy levels?
Web3 builders have actually been thinking about privacy for a while now. They’re innovating like crazy from zk-SNARKS to custom privacy chains… building protocols & rules from thin air, like magic. Check it all out below.
As usual, I’m hopeful we’re moving toward a brighter future and passionately committed to bringing that future closer to education. For more resources, hop into our Discord.
Warmly yours,
Vriti & k20 Educators team
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