You’ve probably heard about the controversy surrounding the many companies that have opted to block The Daily Stormer - an American neo-Nazi and white supremacist news and commentary website - from their services. As privately held companies this is entirely within their right to do, but because of the way the web is effectively controlled by a few massive companies, these actions are not without their implications. This is described quite well in the Cloudflare blog post where they announce their termination of DS:
What I want to discuss here, is how you think this might have played out if the internet as we know it was running on top of the IPFS backbone.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to recall reading about having some agency over which domains I host/serve on IPFS. I think that makes sense: I should be able to maintain a blacklist of domains, like that of Digital Stormer, that I don’t want to share any bits with. If they wanna spread hate, they can do it with the resources of their followers, but not mine.
So the way I think IPFS works is that, assuming the majority of the web would not support them, their site may be slower than average, but not unavailable. And that’s about it.
Am I missing a lot here? Is there more to it?