IPFS Browser Update

by Dietrich Ayala on 2019-10-08

Decentralization can feel slow in providing user-centric approaches to the internet’s biggest problems. Right now, software that is fully in the control of the user is often too technical, too fragile, and too time-consuming to be the default choice.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://ipfs.io/blog/2019-10-08-ipfs-browsers-update

If browsers start participating in the IPFS P2P network automatically (or as the JS implementation gets more robust and app developers include it in their app, and it starts connecting to peers automatically upon arriving on a site), I wonder if the corporate world will put a damper on adoption? In a corporate setting, if a computer on the network suddenly starts making dozens of connections to computers around the world, that can get flagged as suspicious, since most P2P networks that behave that way are questionable for a work environment (torrenting, crypto mining, etc.).

Are there any efforts started to raise awareness for Sysadmins/IT staff that this could be a P2P network with some good corporate effects? And/or making the option within the JS and browser-based nodes to limit the number of peers they connect to (“gateways” or a known set of whitelisted nodes)?