In what could perhaps be the next step in the fight for freedom of information on the Internet, San Diego-based blockchain startup Blocktech launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund Alexandria, a decentralized, open-source, peer-to-peer “library” for all sorts of media.
Using blockchain technology, Alexandria allows users to distribute practically any sort of media, — including videos, music, podcasts, books and 3D-printable objects — over a global and uncensorable network of computers.
Speaking to CoinTelegraph, Blocktech CEO Devon Read explained:
“You can compare Alexandria to YouTube or Soundcloud, but by making use of various peer-to-peer networking technologies, the platform relies on no servers. Users can self-publish anything they’d like, and they — only they — have complete control of how their works are published.”
Although Alexandria is promoted as a library, it should be noted that the Alexandria software does not technically store any media itself. Instead, it uses blockchain technology to store and distribute magnet links, which in turn link to the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol BitTorrent. As such, Alexandria is perhaps better understood as a decentralized version of torrent sites like The Piratebay, but with several additional features, such as streaming functionality and built-in payment options.
The main advantage of Alexandria over regular torrent sites, of course, is the absence of central servers, which means that the service cannot be shut down or blocked — as has happened with various torrent sites over and over again. As long as someone is mining Florincoin, Alexandria will continue to exist.