Most everyone you know is aware of Bitcoin. They may even know that it’s decentralized currency. Yet beyond their ability to state that fact, most folks have no idea what decentralized means in this context, or how Bitcoin got to be that way. To understand any of it, you have to know that the star of the decentralization show isn’t Bitcoin. It’s the Blockchain.
Blockchain technology, so far as I can tell, is the glorious revival of the open protocol internet of yesteryear. The Internet before Facebook moved in and created closed databases of our social identities, forcing us to offer them up in exchange for use of their platforms.