BitTorrent wants your assist to construct its peer-to-peer browser
BitTorrent is on the lookout for Alpha testers for a brand new product referred to as Undertaking Maelstrom, and what that’s might shock you: a browser based mostly on the corporate’s peer-to-peer sharing know-how. What does that imply, precisely? Nicely, the corporate’s maintaining particulars hush-hush at this level (although it did launch an image of what Maelstrom might appear to be above), but when the browser works identical to a torrent shopper, then it can more than likely load web sites from friends as an alternative of from servers. BitTorrent believes that its success couldn’t solely shield individuals’s privateness on-line (no servers means it will not be straightforward spying in your actions), but in addition assist keep internet neutrality and hold the online open. A part of its announcement publish reads:
How can we maintain the Web open? How can we maintain entry to the Web impartial? How can we higher guarantee our personal knowledge shouldn’t be misused by giant corporations? How can we assist the Web scale effectively for content material?
The facility of distributed know-how that underpins BitTorrent and all of our merchandise has lengthy been an instance on this regard and bringing extra of this energy to the online is just pure as these challenges loom.
Venture Maelstrom continues to be within the very early levels, although, so whether or not a P2P-based mostly browser will work stays to be seen. It is unclear how the corporate even plans to monetize it, as a result of when TechCrunch requested about ads, a spokesperson replied that it is “too early to inform.” Nonetheless, this is not BitTorrent’s first foray outdoors torrent shoppers. Along with the Sync file-sharing service it launched in 2013, it additionally launched a paywalled TV and music service referred to as Bundle and a chat messenger named Bleep earlier this yr. And sure, all of them use peer-to-peer know-how, as you may need guessed.
If you wish to help in shaping a brand new sort of browser, you’ll be able to enroll as an Alpha tester on the corporate’s web site.