IPFS: Distributing the Web

Juan Benet (Protocol Labs)
2:15pm–2:45pm Wednesday, 04/22/2015
Server side technology
Location: Salon 10
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)

What if websites could run without servers? What if links still worked offline? What if when you requested files, they were served by computers right next to you? That’s what IPFS is all about. It sounds crazy. It IS crazy. But it’s here today, and it works! The InterPlanetary FileSystem (IPFS) started out as a filesystem based on Git and BitTorrent, but it quickly transformed into something much more important. What fell out was a compelling new way to model the web: with content addresses and identities. A distributed, permanent web. A web where links never die. A web where its feasible to decentralize our data and encrypt it end-to-end. This is not just idealism— it works today. And it performs way better than the http web: we leverage data locality, and even make it easy for webapps to run offline.

We will go over:

  • What IPFS is and what problems it solves
  • Installing IPFS and playing with it
  • How to stream video and other media
  • How to publish websites
  • Discuss tools, datastructures, and offline webapps
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Juan Benet

Protocol Labs

Juan is the inventor of IPFS and Filecoin. He founded Protocol Labs, Inc., he loves open source, and believes improving the internet is critical work. Juan is obsessed with knowledge, science, and technology. He studied at Stanford, and the Web.