Jun 06, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think this is a really neat idea but at the same time I feel a sense of unease. Beaker is a peer-to-peer web browser. What that means is that it contacts other beaker hosts and downloads websites directly from them, and then stores them locally. So you don't need to run a web server; your browser is your web server, and it makes your website (plus other websites that you've browsed) available to other Beaker users (services like Skype and BitTorrent run in a similar way). There's a technical paper (19 page PDF) explaining how this works, and download installables (required Node). Why the unease? I think I'd need to feel a little safer. Perhaps that's unwarranted. Perhaps not.
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