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A New, Easier Way to Access Web3: the “Blockchain Router”

Andrey Yushkevich is the creator of the “Blockchain Router” that was unveiled at CES 2020 last week. It is a little black box that uses the blockchain to provide decentralized, peer-to-peer access to websites hosted on the InterPlanetary File System, a popular protocol for file-sharing and hosting.

In short, the “Blockchain Router” is a different and undoubtedly more advanced version of the old Tor Router software that was written from scratch with all new software and it includes numerous improvements and additions that were undreamed of in 2002 when theTor Router software was first developed in the mid-1990s by United States Naval Research Laboratory employees. (You can read the history of Tor networking on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network).)

The new “Blockchain Router” does not use Tor Networking. Instead, the aging Tor Networking software is being replaced by all-new, decentralized connections to peer-to-peer websites hosted on the InterPlanetary File System.

Instead of downloading information from a single web server, the new Blockchain Router will download the site from a peer to peer network that’s distributed across thousands of computers. That means the website is nearly impossible to shut down.

“This site is therefore accessible anywhere in the world in an uncensorable and unblockable manner,” said Yushkevich.

The “Blockchain Router” is not yet available. A prototype has been built and exhibited, but it will probably be some time before it becomes a product available for purchase.

You can read more in an article by Robert Stevens in the Decrypt web site at: https://decrypt.co/16524/a-new-easier-way-to-access-web3-the-blockchain-router.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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