The Interplanetary File System (IPFS) helps decentralize the Internet by making files available in multiple locations rather than through a single central point of failure. However, What if someone reports a problematic IPFS file? Dietrich Ayala, The head of the IPFS ecosystem explained the process to us:
“Let’s say there’s a URL, or what we call an IPFS Content ID. There’s an IPFS address that we’ve identified as malicious or dangerous in some way.” Ayala told Cointelegraph.
If this type of problem occurs in the standard central internet, The URL will likely be blacklisted and ultimately made inaccessible to the server hosting the site’s corresponding files. Google, In collaboration with other Internet players, a list of malicious or malware-infected URLs and files is kept. However, adding items to this list often turns out to be very difficult due to false negatives and other issues, Ayala explained. “There are a number of problems with centralizing this list.” explained.
He thinks so platform Open source social networks mastodon shows a possible solution to this problem. “Mastodon is one example where node operators have decided how to filter information that they believe is wrong, bad or dangerous to people walking through a particular pub, what they call a pub” Ayala explained.
In total, Mastodon breaks the management down into smaller segmented bits. This eliminates centralized control and enables granular areas with focused consensus.
“I think we’ll see the same filtering style in the IPFS nodes or over pubsub, where the nodes want to communicate, coordinate and exchange information about bad addresses.” Ayala said. The word “bad” can also be subjective, but it depends on a number of factors, including the various region-specific regulations, he added.
Ayala mentioned coordinated blacklists and security lists as methods for dealing with malicious URLs on the IPFS network. “We have a group at Protocol Labs made up of a few people from Medium and other media companies who have years of experience and experience in the field of content filtering and identifying malicious or unsafe content.” Ayala explained. IPFS has a specialized unit that helps node operators maintain the control they need while keeping pace with technological growth, he added.
“It’s a really tough problem and I think we can see the challenge in centralized systems today as they try to figure out the best way to moderate content.” Ayala said.
Youtubers who talk about cryptocurrencies in particular have seen the bad side of centralization in 2020. Many of the main influencers of the crypto space have suffered multiple bans on the platform.