The early web gave us a utopian vision of a decentralized world. Corporate giants and governments would be replaced. We would live in a society where we deal directly with one another, free of censorship or coercion.
Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of the Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.
- John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, 1996
The internet has displaced many of the old powers, but new powers dominate the web as we know it. Freedom of expression is often limited. The ironic result of this centralized control is a fragmented internet where the information you have access to is determined by your location and providers, things you have no control over.
We promote science and research through the development of the IPDB decentralized database platform, on the governance of decentralized systems, and the applications of blockchain technology.
We will make our work available in many ways: presentations at conferences and workshops, published research results and technical papers, open sourced code, and more. We will make everything available online, so everyone can benefit from our research.
Watch the presentation from the Blue Yard Decentralized & Encrypted event that took place1 June 2016 in Berlin.
The IPDB rollout plan follows six steps. First, a test network for demos, then for invited users, and then for the general public. When the test phase is complete, a production network will be launched in the same sequence.
IPDB technology will move from server-based to server-less decentralization when appropriate scalable technology and resources for integration are ready.