Brave browser supports IPFS to make the web P2P and resistant to failures and censorship –GLM

Brave browser supports IPFS to make the web P2P and resistant to failures and censorship –GLM

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Brave is the first web browser to support IPFS, a protocol that enables the distributed web. IPFS is a protocol that appeared around 2015 and was said to have the potential to transform the world of the web.

By replacing the communication between the website and the browser, which still consists of the HTTP-based client-server (CS) model, with a P2P method such as BitTorrent, it is possible to have high resistance to failures and some external operations. I can do it. Although it works very differently from HTTP, it still allows users to find and access nodes that store the content they need through the URL of their website.

The advantages of IPFS can be explained by the advantages of P2P as it is, and since it can be obtained from the nearest node that stores the necessary parts instead of the server that centrally manages the content, access speed will be faster and fault tolerance will be higher. Expected. In addition, since it does not require a Web server, it also eliminates the cost of management and operation, and has the advantage of making it difficult to tamper with or censor content.

At the time of writing, the Brave browser has an estimated 24 million monthly active users. With the just-released Brave 1.19, for the first time, URIs starting with “ipfs: //” can be resolved to access IPFS content. It can also be a full IPFS node, giving the browser the ability to send information to the P2P network.

Molly Mackinlay, who heads the IPFS project, said that once the distributed web with IPFS is enabled, governments and IT giants will not be able to “censor system data”, for example, more than 100,000 websites will be blocked in Turkey. , It will also be impossible to restrict important information related to the new coronavirus in China.

However, the free and unrestricted Internet should have been our ideal, but with the recent proliferation of fake news and conspiracy theory content, the Internet is also under pressure to correct such information. I am. Remarks praising President Trump’s violence have instigated people online and caused a mob of crowds in front of the US Congress. As a result, service companies such as SNS have suspended Mr. Trump’s account, and the service Perler, which is a gathering of far-rights, has also been suspended from distribution and operation on both the application and the server.

If IPFS becomes widespread, it will be difficult to impose such restrictions. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to provide a browser with the ability to P2P the web at this time, but Brave 1.19 is already available for download.


Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.