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Brave becomes first browser to offer native IPFS integration

2021-01-19 18:22 by
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In a move to help make the internet more transparent and resilient, privacy-focused browser Brave now offers fully integrated and native IPFS browsing.

IPFS, which stands for "interplanetary file system," is described as a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to make the web faster, safer, and more open. It provides a cryptographic hash to each file and removes duplications across the network. So each time you download a file, the link for that download points to a human-readable version of that hash, and not to a specific URL.

"Today, Web users across the world are unable to access restricted content, including, for example, parts of Wikipedia in Thailand, over 100,000 blocked websites in Turkey and critical access to COVID-19 information in China," said Molly Mackinlay, IPFS project lead. "Now anyone with an internet connection can access this critical information through IPFS on the Brave browser."

Brave's 24 million desktop users can now access IPFS-hosted content directly from the address bar or by or installing a full IPFS node.

"When installing a full node, this will allow Brave users to load content over IPFS' p2p network, hosted on their own node," Brave notes. "Integrating IPFS provides Brave users with a significantly enhanced browsing experience, increasing the availability of content, offloading server costs from the content publisher, and improving the overall resilience of the Internet."

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