BitTorrent works on peer-to-peer browser




BitTorrent, the company behind the eponymous protocol and the BitTorrent client, working on a decentralized web browser based on bittorrent. Thus providers might exert less influence on traffic.

That BitTorrent has announced on his weblog. Although much is unclear about how the so-called Maelstrom browser, users can already sign up as alpha tester. “Become the owner of a part of this new Internet and help us shape the future of the Internet,” promises BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker.

Although it is certain that the browser works based on the BitTorrent protocol, it is not clear whether the browser can also be used to ‘normal’ websites to visit them, or that websites need to be specially configured for the web browser. The creators of the browser also may choose to offer both options.

Thus the operation of Maelstrom would be similar to the Tor-browser, which operates both with specially configured Tor-sites as with ‘normal’ websites. In any case the set-up takes place, the browser think of Tor, a network of servers that can be used to access the internet relatively anonymous. Maelstrom at the emphasis is not on security, while that is so at Tor.

According to a team member of the Maelstrom team the browser uses a version of the bittorrent protocol that is “optimized” for web content. Although is not yet clear to what platforms Maelstrom is suitable, which for the time being Linux browser lacks support. Later, who promises the team in the comments on the blog post.

According BitTorrent browser must ensure that the Internet remains open because no providers websites may hinder or delay, as usually in normal traffic. It should be noted that providers have bittorrent traffic can hinder as a whole. In the Netherlands, moreover prohibited, thanks to the law laid down net neutrality.

It is unknown whether BitTorrent plans to make the open source browser. Given the promises of Clinker for an open Internet that is possible, but at the same time BitTorrent has the source code of its existing apps like BitTorrent Sync and the chat client Bleep not released.


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