How do we prevent criminal use of the Avalanche platform?

One side worry I have about implementing NFTs is the possible creation/distribution/immutable of illegal, offensive or harmful content - possibly a “Dark Web” equivalent of sidechains.

My worry with AVAX actually being a legitimate decentralized blockchain - we will eventually see a wider user base and ultimately some bad actors leveraging the use of this platform. I wanted to ask what are your thoughts ethically on this potential use of this platform for illegal use?

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Who cares? You can’t stop stuff like this on a decentralized, uncensorable, platform. Eth and other blockchains have the same ‘problem’ if you call it that, it’s more like a feature though.

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A friend of mine passed the opportunity of investing in AVAX because he was categorically associating blockchain technology with enabling funds for illegal activities. Like many technologies, internet as a whole being one of them, blockchain technologies could be used by bad actors. However, in his mind the benefits far outweigh the harms for internet but blockchain technologies have not reached that level, yet. I believe educating public about the potential good they can bring would help it go mainstream easier. The more it becomes mainstream the easier it will probably be to choke nefarious usage. To disable criminal use at the platform/technology level is probably not easy (if even possible) as it is by design decentralized and can be anonymous. So, in short, my simplistic answer is education…

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Tools are things that can be used by everyone. Guns help good people but they help murderers too. You just gotta take things case by case, we cant just neglect technology.

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We cant. What we can do though is design the platform and protocols in such a way where the only guilty party in illegal use cases are the ones directly involved, and not the ones supporting the network at large. So far from what I have seen the team has done a pretty good job at this.

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Feels Its like saying “how we prevent those who buy our kitchen knives dont use them to harm someone else”

Probably you can’t, so its what it is,

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How stupid lol. Missed out on nice gains. Maybe he has learned his lesson. He should really research crypto more.

I agree - @DarkGhosty good points on the pointing out this is something not unique to AVAX but other open decentralized platforms as well. It’s just that with AVAX you’re able to do your deeds with immediate finality haha. @Jstodd @Tixy your points on knives/guns are right too.

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Alot of chains have finality maybe not in 5 seconds but pretty close. But yah the question is not unique to avalanche at all.

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I’d also share your medium post, I am sure people under this topic will find useful too.

Avalanche As A More Legitimate Darknet Currency Than Monero

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Actually the benefit of Avalanche is that it’s the only public chain that will allow the creation of safe spaces. The other way around (censorship) is impossible when building a new internet.

However, when Avalanche goes mainstream, governments will be able to propose laws aiming at preventing these behaviors. Which is exactly like the internet :slight_smile:

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^100% agree with this.

Avalanche is unique in that it allows for the creation of both public and private blockchains, and different subnetworks can enforce their own rules to their liking. If a government wanted to create an asset on Avalanche that could only be moved to addresses that have an NFT badge that they issued (like a citizenship badge), they could do so.

I’m not saying that’s how it should work necessarily, but it certainly is a pattern that the Avalanche platform allows for, unlike most other blockchain network.

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Most drugs, and things illegal are purchased using cash.

Nothing in this world can be hidden as much as cash. Blockchain shows everything. Dark web wasn’t because of crypto. Cryptocurrency allowed them to find those who created Silk Road.

If they used cash in their payments they would have never been caught.

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Illegal? Offensive? Harmful? All words that are subjective whereas the internet, blockchains, and (god forbid) drugs are objective. Legality of anything varies from country to country, offensive and harmful are also things that are deeply personal. The only illegal things any of us should be worried about are things like selling humans or organs and ChoMo BS. Other than that what are you really worried about? Instead of questioning the dark web and drugs you should be asking yourself why are drugs even illegal? I can promise you it isn’t because of any scientific reason or because people give a crap about your health, on the contrary drug laws and drug policies were invented in the good ole ethnocentric US of A and every single drug policy created has a foundation rooted deeply in racism and classism. Continuing to think differently only exacerbates the problem and people will continue to perpetuate stigma and reinforce racist and classist polices. Not one single law around the enforcement of substances has ever had any impact on addiction or drug use/sales, in fact drug laws create more harm, enslave humans, and their only intent is to put people in boxes, unless you’re white then we need to get you help and treatment.
You’re literally complaining about the legality of something on a forum about decentralized internet currency oh the irony. I hope you are paying all your taxes around all that zero and one money you have lol I will say this and I’m out, the more you make something illegal and taboo the more it adulterates itself, what happened when the US made alcohol illegal? Alcohol became more potent, more readily available, and cheaper. Pick pockets turned into high profile gangsters and people died from bath tub gin. Look at the current crisis, no access to opioids leads to opioids that are now more potent, easier to access, and cheaper than in any other time in history. I will remind anyone reading this that alcohol kills more people every year than any other substance and its legal, that in and of itself should demonstrate that things aren’t illegal because the government loves you, things are illegal because Americans are scared to death of anything that isn’t like them or doesn’t speak English. I digress.