What is the InterPlanetary File System?
The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) has been set up in 2015, as an alternative to the old protocol HTTP. HTTP relies on a structure in which all the required information to display a website, is hosted on one central server. IPFS on the other hand, doesn’t rely on centralized servers. This means that information is available through many different nodes in the network. With IPFS, your computer is able to download and display a website much faster.
Content can’t be taken down
If there’s a fault somewhere, the information will come from other nodes. Because of the nodes, websites and internet services can no longer fail because of hosting problems. As long as there are nodes, content can’t be taken down. With IPFS, people have access to all important and critical information across the world. It allows users to evade censorship and server outages.
On the other hand, this also means free rein for illegal or harmful content and misinformation. For example, after the riots, Parler was taken down by Amazon. With IPFS it will be harder to take that kind of control.