Introducing Peersky, a minimal p2p web browser; by Akhilesh Thite

Presented by Akhilesh Thite

Have you ever wondered what it'd be like if the internet wasn't controlled by a handful of big companies? That's what the distributed web, or dWeb, is all about. It's a new kind of internet that operates on a network of computers where everyone shares and cooperates. This way, no single entity can control or shut it down. It's like turning the entire web into a giant, global community project.

Peersky is your personal gatekeeper to a new way of accessing web content. Imagine a world where you can access web pages from anyone in a network who has a copy of it, rather than depending on a single website server.
Peersky runs a local IPFS node, that fetches and displays web content directly from the decentralized network. It effortlessly recognizes web addresses starting with "ipfs://" or "ipns://", making your browsing experience both offline-friendly and decentralized.

Why peersky? Our goal with Peersky is to construct a P2P web browser designed not just for tech-savvy individuals, but for everyone. We offer an array of curated in-browser features like 'peersky://uploads', 'peersky://analytics', 'peersky://chat', and more, aiming to create a user-friendly experience for all.

Akhilesh Thite
P2P Labs, Founder | Distributed Press, Software Engineer

Akhilesh is a hacker and artist who enjoys building decentralized tools that contribute to a more resilient, accessible, and user-empowered internet.

He is the founder of P2P Labs, an open-source organization focused on building software that leverages various p2p protocols. One of the main projects is Peersky, a minimal p2p web browser.

He is working with the Distributed Press team as a software developer on Social Inbox, a tool that integrates social interaction capabilities into websites on the decentralized web, and Social Reader, a P2P and offline ActivityPub client for reading and following microblogs on the Fediverse.

He was a DWeb Fellow in 2023.

He will be starting his Master’s in Computer Science degree this fall at UC Santa Cruz.


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