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IPFS, DAT and Secure Scuttlebutt
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Mar 2018, 15:17    Post subject:  IPFS, DAT and Secure Scuttlebutt
Subject description: decentralised peer-to-peer internet protocols


As of FF 59, via third-party extensions, you will be able to use decentralised internet protocols : IPFS, DAT and Secure Scuttlebutt.

Firefox 59, which is scheduled for release in March, will include extensions for the DAT, IPFS and Secure Scuttlebutt peer-to-peer protocols, marking a new step in Mozilla's support for alternatives to the internet's prevailing client-server model.

DAT, IPFS and Secure Scuttlebutt are software protocols and enhancements to the internet infrastructure that allow peer-to-peer networks to offer some of the functionality of the current client-server based web such as file transfer and web browsing, but with enhanced privacy, security and resistance to censorship and moves to restrict net neutrality.

A move is afoot towards a decentralised internet. See posts on blockchain.

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The bottom line is this: centrally managed servers will inevitably stop working. Domain owners could change, the website owners could go bankrupt, or the server hardware itself could reach the end of its lifespan without having been backed up. And when that happens, digital history is lost.
The key difference with IPFS is that instead of searching for locations (servers), you search for the content itself. Instead of asking and trusting one server to provide you file you need, there are millions of computers capable of delivering that specific file. Just like BitTorrent.

"The web today is highly centralized," IPFS founder Juan Benet wrote in an email. "I find it very concerning that so much of human expression and human communication these days is routed entirely via centralized social networks which may disappear at any moment, bringing down all the data with them—or at least breaking all the links."
IPFS also addresses security problems that plague our HTTP-based Internet: Content-addressing and content-signing protect IPFS-based sites, making DDoS attacks impossible. And to help mitigate the damage of discontinued websites, IPFS also archives important public-record content, and can easily store important, public-record content.
IPFS demo :
First off Scuttlebutt is a protocol on which many different kinds of apps can be built.
As for the social network, there are many clients, just like there are many Twitter clients. It doesn't really matter which one you use. They're all talking on the same network.
Patchwork is the most polished client and it doesn't require you to know any geeky stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Mar 2018, 17:51    Post subject: Interesting...  

That's excellent news (I hope) but...

Could someone outline OTHER means of accessing these protocols?

I don't trust the new firefox, nor anything Chomish.

Would love to hear what Linux Clients ALREADY EXISTS?


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