The internet began decentralized. Bloggers had a WordPress site they owned and published on, retailers ran their own ecommerce stores, and email was the primary communication tool.
Those days are gone. Today, bloggers all post on Substack, retailers ship products through Amazon, and friends communicate via Facebook. What happened to the decentralized spirit of the internet? It became a walled garden controlled by a few big tech companies. In short, it became centralized.
One project is now on a mission to return the internet to its original state – with a few improvements baked in. Its name is Argo and to understand its tech, first you have to understand the problems with the web we inhabit today.
The Perils of a Centralized Web
It’s not only the websites we visit that have become centralized. The platform that websites are hosted on became centralized even faster than the websites themselves. That’s right, we’re talking about cloud computing.
While Amazon was busy taking market share from retailers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) was taking market share from smaller hosting companies and smothering the market for self-hosted solutions. Along with Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, AWS is centralizing the backend of the internet.
At first glance, everything seems fine. AWS offers affordable solutions for all business sizes, it’s managed by technically proficient teams, and you can easily scale your websites as they grow.
So, what’s the problem? Well, for one thing, we’re leaving control of the web in the hands of a few powerful companies. It makes it easy for them to censor websites and ideas they (or the government) don’t like. We already saw this when AWS kicked Parler from their servers.
There are other risks too. The incredible value stored in the centralized Amazon servers makes them a honeypot for hackers. While they may be harder to hack than a self-hosted solution, hackers are likely to focus more resources on hacking AWS as the payoff is so much higher. We’ve already seen Tesla’s AWS cloud account get hacked.
Escaping Big Tech with Decentralized Computing
Enough of the doom and gloom. Thanks to the breakthroughs in decentralized computing it has become an incredibly exciting time for the internet again. Through the use of decentralized computing, power is handed back to the people.
How? ArGo is a blockchain-based, serverless app deployment platform. It helps individuals take the power of decentralized computing into their own hands, or rather, onto their own servers. They make it easy for you to host websites on a decentralized blockchain platform.
The technology is quite simple. People or organizations that use this decentralized computing service have their website data securely stored on hard drives of a large number of miners.
Critically, this technology is scalable and affordable. Users can pay once and their data will be stored there permanently. There are no recurring charges or maintenance. It’s not only a more secure and reliable service, it’s easier to use.
Returning Control to Web Users
Imagine the impact on the internet that this technology is going to have. Websites will be truly immutable for the first time, making them ideal for archiving data. They will be decentralized so that if one server fails, it will be backed up on many others so you will never lose your data.
It gets better. The decentralized design also means the system is controlled by the masses rather than a big tech company. Moreover, there is no central company to track your data and sell it to the highest bidder, so you will have much more privacy when browsing the web.
With the development of Web3 taking over, the opportunity for ArGo extends beyond web deployment. It will seamlessly integrate with defi, decentralized exchanges, digital assets, and blockchain-based games.
The opportunity for decentralized cloud computing extends further with each new use case and strengthens the cultural shift towards embracing decentralized computing. With each new decentralized user, the power of the internet is returning to the people.