An experimental browser shows how peer-to-peer technology can serve up entire websites, not just individual files.
An experimental new Web browser makes it possible for sites to be hosted not on a company’s servers but, instead, by a shifting crowd of individuals on their personal computers. That turns the usual approach to serving up websites on its head and could provide a more effective and reliable way to disseminate bulky media files or distribute vital information in the event of natural disaster.
The new approach is being tested by BitTorrent, the company behind the file-sharing protocol of the same name. It has developed a modified version of Chromium, the open-source version of Google’s Chrome browser. The effort is known as Project Maelstrom.
Phi Beta Iota: It used to be said that he who controls men control he who controls materials, and he who controls money controls all. That is changing. He who controls (or ends the ability of others to control and manipulate) information is now rising in power — we call this Open Power. It is a good thing.