Towards the Science of Essential Decentralised Infrastructures

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Abstract

Dependence of our society on digital infrastructures is growing daily, confronting us with an urgent task of building ethical and democratic alternatives to monopolistic big-tech platforms. We call upon the scientific community to put our talents to this challenge by creating decentralised infrastructures for trust-based economic and social cooperation. We empirically demonstrate that a public infrastructure to establish trust between peers in decentralized networks is possible at significant scale. Our work is based on over 15 years of improving our distributed systems which were used by more than a million people. We present six stringent criteria for designing trustworthy infrastructure, called zero-server architecture. Adhering to these principles, we designed a novel trustworthy networking infrastructure, called P2P-Apps. It enables smartphone apps to communicate without any servers, by forming a scalable overlay that uses our generic mechanism to build trust between peers, Trustchain. P2P-Apps are generic and can be expanded to serve as an alternative to centralized infrastructure owned by Big Tech.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDICG'20
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Distributed Infrastructure for Common Good
Place of PublicationNew York
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event1st International Workshop on Distributed Infrastructure for Common Good - Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Dec 202011 Dec 2020
Conference number: 1
https://dicg2020.github.io/

Workshop

Workshop1st International Workshop on Distributed Infrastructure for Common Good
Abbreviated titleDICG 2020
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period7/12/2011/12/20
OtherVirtual/online event due to COVID-19
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Virtual/online event due to COVID-19

Keywords

  • Big Tech
  • Creating trust
  • zero-server architecture

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