The current Internt is nowhere near as privacy secure or censorship resistant as we desire. Centralized Internet services have found ways to profit from our personal data, allowing them to offer their products for free. At first, this was a great comprimise as this effectively kickstarted the global adoption of the Internet.
In recent years, we have begun to see the shortcomings of this model. Corporate data silos are treasure troves for hackers, and we have no choice but to trust these institutions to effectively protect their networks. Furthermore, a single corporation is always susceptible to censorship from governments and advertisers.
The coming decentralized Internet is an attempt to move our personal data and privacy out of centralized institutions, giving the power back to us.
Plasma is a framework of smart contracts designed to enable massive scaling and computation on the Ethereum blockchain. We see this as a way to handle the validation of the state of Supload in a blockchain. The root Ethereum contract processes a very small amount of commitments from child blockchains, drastically reducing fees and allowing a huge number of computations.
The Lightning Network gives us the unprecedented ability to transact very small amounts of Bitcoin in near realtime, for very little fees. We will be able to stream our payments to our users in near realtime as their content generate pageviews.
Moving the backend file storage to the IPFS filesystem allows any uploaded content to Supload to be available in a permanent manner. IPFS is censorship proof file storage that is guaranteed to exist as long as the Internet is working.
Video and image hosting sites are notoriously prone to shutting down or having to censor content due to pressure from governments or advertisers. Whether it is from legal pressure for the content they are hosting, or the costs of operation becomes unbearable.
The computation needed for image and video compression is extremely CPU intensive. For the future full length video update to Supload, video files need to be compressed to multiple resolutions (360p, 540p, 720p, etc) to enable a smooth browsing experience depending on users bandwidth. Those different resolution files then need to be split into short one second chunks to be able to facilitate smooth switching of resolutions depending on deteriorating or improving network conditions.
The Golem network offers renting out idle CPU cycles from its network of users. Docker images with binaries for compression and chunking video can be uploaded to their application registry. Golem network users can then reference the source files stored in IPFS and run the necessary computation for compression.
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