For those of you who don’t know Holochain might be the thing that enables new technology in networked computing since the world wide web was created. A big statement for sure, but Holochain is a new, rival internet protocol which could allow users to regain their privacy online.
An American software engineer and one of the founding designers of Holochain along with Eric Harris-Braun, Arthur Brock says, “I think this is going to be a bigger game changer than we can imagine.”
What is Holochain?
Holochain is a protocol for encrypted computer communication, like a system for allowing computers to communicate with each other. If you look to the world wide web, it mostly is run on corporate server farms and your smartphone or laptop calls up Facebook, Baidu or corporate servers at Google and sends and receives packets of data back and forth. With the majority of computing and data storage, it is done on those corporate servers – or the cloud.
Holochain is completely designed to run fully on distributed networks of home computers and smartphones.
Apps on Holochain
A massive variety of apps can be built on Holochain, for example, search apps that are similar to Google, messaging apps which are similar to Facebook, email apps and more.
Because apps built using the Holochain protocol will be limited to distributed networks of consumer-owned computers, these apps won’t need to interact with corporate server farms at all. This means that organisations that own their servers won’t be able to ‘strip mine’ all your personal data as it passes through their network due to the data not passing through those computers.
That’s basically what Holochain is about. The team behind Holochain have a goal to give us – the people – our privacy back. By doing this, tech heads are beginning to realise that Holochain technology might actually be to the challenge.
Nowadays, privacy on the internet is almost non-existent. Sure, there are search engines like DuckDuckGo, which say they don’t track your data but the Web as a whole is now dominated by machines which see everything and massive companies which harvest all your personal data to attack you with ads and so on.
Holochain could change this.
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