A slew of startups is trying to decentralise the online world

  • We used to spend a lot of time investing in firms with network effects,” explained Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures, referring to the mechanics of online markets, which allow successful firms to become dominant. “
  • IndieWeb allows people to maintain information they want to share with the world without using centralised social networks.
  • Decentralisation might fit the vision of the web’s founding father, but the internet became centralised for a reason.
  • IFPS eliminates the need for websites to have a central server; instead, files are stored all over the web.
  • Bitcoin and the blockchain have “shown what is possible,” says Juan Benet, who invented the InterPlanetary File System, one of a number of efforts to build an infrastructure for a more decentralised internet.

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@rzurrer: “Great essay by @EconoScribe highlights work of @ethereumproject @ConsenSysLLC @IPFSbot in re-decentralizing the web”


A slew of startups is trying to decentralise the online world


A slew of startups is trying to decentralise the online world