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 It’s one possible alternative to the brittle and hypercentralized system that we’ve now arrived at with outdated protocols like HTTP — and potentially a useful hedge against an uncertain future.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: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Web 3.0

Data, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Web 3.0

Decentralized networks are trustless – the participants involved do not need to know or trust each other or a 3rd party for the system to function. Due to the client-server relationship, Web 2.0 applications are reliant on centralized servers/services, which means users must inherently trust this central authority (person or entity that owns/operates the servers).

In a decentralized p2p network, there is no central authority. Users are the owners and operators of their data, and trust resides with the software itself (rather than the operators).

Decentralized networks are more secure. It’s in the name: peer-to-peer. Data is directly uploaded from one peer and downloaded by the other without using a middle man (central server).

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Article: Hong Kongers Use Blockchain To Fight Government Censorship

Blockchain, Censorship, Media

Hong Kongers Use Blockchain To Fight Government Censorship

The Hong Kong government has already shown that it has no qualms about rewriting history. But, some wondered, would it really go so far as to erase history?

The answer is yes.

Earlier this month, the public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong announced that it would begin deleting archive content that is more than a year old. That means programs covering the Hong Kong protests in 2019 will be removed from the RTHK website and social media accounts, as will the broadcaster’s coverage of the political process. It is the latest development in the government’s drive to redesign RTHK as part of its campaign for greater control over the news media.

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Article: Two Web3.0 companies solving the privacy crisis

Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Web 3.0

Two Web3.0 companies solving the privacy crisis

Awareness of just how invasive the platforms we live on is reaching a crescendo. Governments are trying to regulate them, and the majority of people simply want some level of our personal data to stay personal. There are next generation solutions and platforms like Brave and Signal available to do just that, put the control in the hands of the user and let us decide what data we are happy to share.

Google’s ad revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $46.20 billion, a large portion of this ad revenue could be potentially disrupted by Brave and Signal. Our research teams are watching the emergence of privacy-focused technology very closely as these innovations could change how brands and customers interact forever.

Understanding Web 3.0 platforms is critical for investors to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to returns you can make in the future, follow us to learn more.

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Article: Why Do We Urgently Need Web 3.0?

Censorship, Decentralized Internet, Deplatforming, Web 3.0

Why Do We Urgently Need Web 3.0?

It is safe to say that the World Wide Web has become an abomination in light of what its creator, Tim Berners-Lee, envisioned it as — a decentralized, open exchange of information. Now, it is riddled with choking points. However, the good news is that Bitcoin (BTC) has already demonstrated the case for decentralization. As a sovereign, leaderless, deflationary currency, the cryptocurrency is now widely in use as a hedge against inflation.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are able to counter centralized monetary power because they are decentralized and secured by blockchain. Can this technology be used to accomplish the same for the internet?

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Article: Local-First Cooperation

Cloud, Crypto, Decentralized Internet, Hardware, Open Source, Software

Local-First Cooperation

Viewing the world from the bottom up, local-first cooperation points out ways in which we can make our software more resilient, give prompt responses to the end users, and at the same time run it on existing resources — leading to less infrastructure cost and waste. We get these benefits by recognizing that inherently localized processes are best dealt with in a purely local manner, without involving centralized services or long-range communication paths. All we need to do is to make full use of the edge devices that people already hold in their hands, utilizing the compute and storage available.

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Article: Blockchain Domains Integrated Into Web Browser Opera In A Major Push For Web 3.0

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Blockchain Domains Integrated Into Web Browser Opera In A Major Push For Web 3.0

Blockchain domains system Unstoppable Domains just got integrated into a web browser Opera Ltd(NASDAQ:OPRA) in a major push for Web 3.0 adoption.

“We have always supported web innovation, and the decentralized web or Web3 is the natural next wave. Making Unstoppable Domains accessible in the Opera browsers means our users can try blockchain technologies for themselves. Registering your .crypto domain, which is forever yours, is a great first step into Web3,” the company’s product director Maciej Kocemba said.

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Article: Blockchain and Distributed Web: Why You Should Care

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

Blockchain and Distributed Web: Why You Should Care

In this first session, we sat down with CoLab’s Joe Gerber and Gavin McDermott to talk about the distributed web and blockchains and why it’s important to experiment with these emerging technologies. Many people conflate blockchain technology and bitcoin, but as Joe and Gavin discussed, bitcoin is a digital currency and one small piece of a larger movement powered by blockchain technology and the distributed web. In this post, we’ll break down why, as Joe and Gavin say, the web is being rewritten from the inside out.

Joe and Gavin boiled down their thinking for why blockchain technology and the distributed web are so game-changing to three core principles:

  • People now have permission by default
  • Data flowing freely
  • New types of coordination

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Article: Decentralizing The Internet: The Hitchhiker’s Guide

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Decentralizing The Internet: The Hitchhiker’s Guide

I hope this article provides value in the exploration of decentralization. As simple as it is to understand the need for decentralized exchanges, the implementation of decentralized systems, networks, sites, and applications will not be a quick and easy task. The current complexities of decentralized systems only makes use for those with advanced knowledge in leveraging these systems and may prove challenges to ordinary internet users. And although we notice the gaps needed to be filled in order to fight against centralized big tech monopolies, the responsibility is held on the shoulders of developers building internet applications today. The advantages of decentralized networks are appearing for the future of the internet as free control of data, information flow, and preservation of media content become more important. I truly believe the internet is meant to be open, fair, transparent, and decentralized and I hope internet users begin realize these importances.

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Article: IPFS may be the future of file hosting and content delivery

Data, Decentralized Internet

IPFS may be the future of file hosting and content delivery

The peer-to-peer (P2P) hypermedia protocol, IPFS, is slowly growing into a legitimate alternative to conventional file and site hosting. A key feature of IPFS is its scalability. The IPFS architecture is designed to handle “load balancing, de-duplication, caching, and high availability.” Any computer can act as a server (node), and it elegantly leverages peer nodes to create a distributed content delivery network (CDN) as demand increases. Additionally, the IPFS Gateway and DNS support by Cloudflare removes any remaining concerns one might have regarding delivery, performance, and domain name usage.

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