The Actually Distributed Web; Doc Searls; In His Blog, at Linux Journal; 2017-08-08.
tl;dr → ICO IPFS FTW!
Of Marshall McLuhan, contra Harold Innis.
- “technology” is media, indeed “everything” is media.
- the introduction of new media causes change in the millieu.
- the new medium, four effects as a 2×2 combinator.
- What is enhanced?
- What is obsoleted?
- What is recovered (from obsolescence)
- What is reversed (transformed), at the limit, any limit?
The last is very high concept: as in <quote ref=”there“>Acoustic radio flips into audio-visual TV.<quote>.
Pretty sure that the FCC doesn’t see it that way; nor does the NCEES; but this is media theory so it’s all compos mentis.
Analysis attributable to the author, Doc Searls.
- Crypto Currencies
- Enhance → exchange.
- Retrieve → the bazaar.
- Obsolesce → fiat currency.
- Reverse → mutual unintelligibility, no exchange
<metaphorical>isolated islands, walled gardens</metaphorical>).
- Distributed Ledgers
- Enhance → peer-to-peer.
- Retrieve → individual agency.
- Obsolesce → platform dominance.
- Reverse → into one-to-one
Via Why. The Web, of HTTP, cannot (or has not) <quote>
- HTTP is inefficient and inexpensive…with video delivery, a P2P approach could save 60% in bandwidth costs <claime/d>.
- Humanity’s history is deleted daily…IPFS provides historic versioning (like git) and makes it simple to set up resilient networks for mirroring of data.
- The web’s centralization limits opportunity…IPFS remains true to the original vision of the open and flat web, but delivers the technology which makes that vision a reality.
- Our apps are addicted to the backbone…IPFS powers the creation of diversely resilient networks which enable persistent availability with or without Internet backbone connectivity.
Via How. The IPFS presents a (non-POSIX, yet POSIX-similar) hierarchical filesystem metaphor as a unifying artifice, wherein <quote>:
- Each file and all of the blocks within it are given a unique fingerprint called a cryptographic hash.
- IPFS removes duplications across the network and tracks version history for every file. <responsive>Uniqueness in time and space.</responsive>
- Each network node stores only content it is interested in and some indexing information that helps figure out who is storing what. <responsive>What if no network is interested for a brief period? Who shall suffer the little files, the lost blocks, the unloved & unwanted slabs?</responsive>
- When looking up files, you’re asking the network to find nodes storing the content behind a unique hash.
- Every file can be found by human-readable names using a decentralized naming system called IPNS.
<responsive>Like The DNS?</responsive>
<quote>feudal castles of what in Europe</quote>
Old World Order
New World Order
- Google Alphabet
GAFA → Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.
No Microsoft? FAMA? GAMF? <sic>MAGA?</sic>
- Juan Benet
- founder, Protocol Labs
- inventor credit, IPFS
firstname.lastname@example.org, an SMTP address.
@JuanBenet, a Twitter
address screen name?
- Tim Berners-Lee, a priori.
- Brad Burnham, Union Square Ventures.
- Brendan Eich, Brave; hagiography.
- Marshall McLuhan, a theorist; hagiography
- Linus Torvalds, a priori.
- Phil Windley, chair (emcee), Sovrin Foundation.
Jimi Wales’ Wiki
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