Article: Interplanetary File System Could Pave the Way for a Distributed, Permanent Web

Data, Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Web 3.0

Interplanetary File System Could Pave the Way for a Distributed, Permanent Web

“IPFS is general purpose, and has little in the way of storage limitations,” wrote Neocities founder Kyle Drake in a blog post announcing his company’s decision to become the first major website to implement IPFS. “It can serve files that are large or small. It automatically breaks up larger files into smaller chunks, allowing IPFS nodes to download (or stream) files from not just one server like with HTTP, but hundreds of them simultaneously. The IPFS network becomes a finely-grained, trust-less, distributed, easily federated content delivery network (CDN). This is useful for pretty much everything involving data: images, video streaming, distributed databases, entire operating systems, blockchains, backups of 8-inch floppy disks, and most important for us, static web sites.”

Ultimately, these core notions behind IPFS may be one solution to build a distributed, permanent web. It’s one possible alternative to the brittle and hypercentralized system that we’ve now arrived at with outdated protocols like HTTP — and potentially a useful hedge against an uncertain future.

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Article: Crypto Assets Are Primarily Communication Networks

Crypto, Money

Crypto Assets Are Primarily Communication Networks

The value in the Western Union franchise, or, if you prefer, Western Union’s corporate moat, is not in the ability to transfer money between users, but rather in the worldwide network of franchisees running Western Union software, which tells them who to pay and how much to charge.

The value of Western Union as a company, for the purposes of money remittance, lies entirely in the size and quality of its network of nodes (franchisees). Money remittance is secondary to network quality.

Does this remind you of anything? Sounds a lot like Bitcoin doesn’t it? Yet when dealing with Bitcoin, we tend to not understand where the value is coming from and we fall into the red herring of Digital Cash vs. Digital Gold; forgetting that these two forms are subject to the quality of the underlying communications network.

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Article: Interview: Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee thinks his creation is out of control. Here’s his plan to save it

Data, Decentralized Internet, Software

Interview: Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee thinks his creation is out of control. Here’s his plan to save it

Berners-Lee himself is trying to turn our online world upside-down (or, as he says, “the right way up”). His idea: Solid, a new system aiming to drastically decentralise the web. At its core, it’s a platform allowing you to store your private information in Personal Online Data Stores (PODS) which you have full power and sight over.

While most sites and apps currently take your data and move it into a ‘silo’ out of your reach, Solid’s vision is for these services to ask permission to use specific information from your PODS – permission that, crucially, you can remove at any time. In short: it’ll be you who holds full control over your data, not Big Tech. While currently in its experimental stage, the platform is already trialling its system with the likes of the NHS, the BBC, NatWest and even the Belgian government.

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Article: Guy Who Built The Internet Says 2.2 Billion People Still Offline, Which Is Wrong

Access

Tim Berners Lee WWW InventorGuy Who Built The Internet Says 2.2 Billion People Still Offline, Which Is Wrong

Highlights

  • Tim Berners-Lee has argued that the internet access must be recognized as a basic right, akin to how electricity was seen in the last century
  • In a letter to coincide with the 32nd birthday of the web, the British computer scientist has called on governments to invest in the future by ensuring internet access to all young people
  • Tim Berners-Lee also expressed concern about abuse and misinformation on the web, which threatens the participation of the young people and can force them from platforms altogether
  • The 65-year-old estimated an investment of $428 billion from governments and the private sector over the next decade would ensure a quality broadband connection for everyone

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