The next generation of Internet businesses, which will outcompete everyone else, are the ones that are designed that you do not trust the services that are intermediating your communications, whistleblower Edward Snowden said in a telecast keynote interview at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.
While Snowden admits this sounds odd, he points out that in the context of information security, “trust is considered a vulnerability.”
He thinks that the internet companies that will succeed will take a “you don’t need to trust us,” approach and deliver a “trustless system design.”
“If you have to trust Facebook, you are in a very bad place. If you have to trust Microsoft, you are in a very bad place. If you have to trust Apple, you are in a bad place,” he said.
Instead trust should only lie in the people and community at the end of those communication, not in the intermediating company. “That is the future of communications, that is the future of privacy,” he said.