Fair Data Society has just published its first blog post in a fully self-hosted manner on top of Swarm, a platform providing distributed storage and communication services. A move is seen as a first toward a truly decentralized and permissionless web.
The official page for the post has only 367 words, but every one of them counts. Same as with many other innovations in the world of crypto, such as NFTs, play-to-earn gaming solutions, and DeFi, it sends a strong signal, giving a sneak peek at how users might interact with the new web and each other in the foreseeable future. As the blog’s author puts it, ‘anyone can publish their content without fear of it being taken offline or that a platform will not allow it in the first place.’
Swarm is a distributed storage platform and content distribution service that leverages an ethereum Web3 stack. Its system of peer-to-peer networked nodes allows creators to store and retrieve any data, while publishers can also host their websites and other utilities. Redundancy makes the system resilient to connectivity issues, node churn or targeted ddos attacks and enables a zero-downtime service.
By bringing on full censorship-resistance, reliability, and scalability, Swarm is pioneering the web’s way toward the days when creators will hold full control over their data. The high level of data persistence is described in more detail in the project’s whitepaper, which also highlights localization, and sharding for effective delivery of various use cases. Without wasting much time, the team proves that the blog is accessible via an ENS domain name, as well as directly through various other gateways, – including the actual full node, dubbed “Bee”.
Swarm ran a successful private sale in February 2021, raising 6 million dollars, as well as a blockbuster public sale in the middle of the summer with a broad buyers base on CoinList. ‘There’s high demand for privacy, and true data sovereignty across the community. Users will be quick to make the shift from centralized providers to decentralized, attracted with high reliability, anti-censorship protection, and lower operating costs,’ commented Daniel Nagy, the lead developer behind Swarm.
According to the core development team, the project has recently completed the required upgrades to become fully production-ready. Now their commitment and diligence over the last 7 years are expected to pay off: with all of the preparatory works out of the way, Swarm welcomes developers to tinker with a decentralized hosting service and CDN.
Swarm is a fully decentralized and permissionless platform for data storage and retrieval built on Ethereum. It is a system of peer-to-peer networked nodes designed to store digital information in a decentralized way, and guarantee privacy and sovereignty to its users.
The self-sustaining infrastructure of Swarm emerges as the backbone of the next web, empowering digital freedom. By shifting the cost of access, hosting, and execution to users, it removes the last obstacle to truly agile and adaptive application development.
The project is the result of years of research and work by the Ethereum Foundation, the Swarm Foundation, teams, individuals across the ecosystem, and the community. A roster of major partnerships includes Winamp, Nectar, Dapplets, Zoomerok, and others.