Today, a blockchain-based online encyclopedia called Everipedia announced the launch of its network, which it claims will be able to store knowledge, decentralized and free from government interference. It counts Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger among its team.
The project uses blockchain to achieve its goals, the digital ledger system described in Satoshi Nakamoto’s 2008 white paper introducing the concept of bitcoin. Instead of using a single server to store data, the blockchain distributes data across a network that requires consensus before allowing changes. Instead of recording financial transactions, Everipedia uses the blockchain to ensure anyone around the world can access the encyclopedia. Countries like China, Uzbekistan and France have all taken action to censor Wikipedia in varying ways. Everipedia aims to end this, using a technology called the InterPlanetary File System, or IPFS.
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