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The 4thpillar Technologies (i.e. 4thtech) Whitepaper
The internet changed the way we live, it opened the highway to unlimited communication and revolutionized access to information, but it failed greatly regarding our digital freedom. Instead of providing a safe environment for online communication, the internet evolved into a system of centralized intermediaries which enable mass surveillance and data mining to enforce intrusive ad campaigns or sell our data as they see fit. Furthermore, current Web2 services established models that prevent users to own their data or their identities. Now more than ever secure online communication, privacy and data ownership is becoming more and more important as we depend on it every day. To address this issue, 4thTech enables E2EE (i.e. end-to-end encrypted) Web3 communication & data management in the form of dID, dMail, dChat & dNotary. 4thTech initiative strives to enable a self-sovereign framework of data authorization and ownership representation and leverages the power of blockchain to facilitate data source and time confirmation. The protocols in its core prevent ads, tracking and data mining! This whitepaper was written as a hybrid addressing the 4thpillar Technologies product benefits and solutions. Over 200+ project whitepaper versions were written before the last published version.
Keywords: 4thpillar, 4thtech, dID, dMail, dChat, dNotary, FOURdx, FOURid, FOURns, FOURim, FOUR, digital transformation, blockchain technology, decentralization, peer-to-peer, online trust, online security, online privacy, DLT