Project Maelstrom: The Internet We Build Next

December 10, 2014

An invite-only Alpha to help build the distributed web.

It started with a simple question. What if more of the web worked the way BitTorrent does?

Project Maelstrom begins to answer that question with our first public release of a web browser that can power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed. Truly an Internet powered by people, one that lowers barriers and denies gatekeepers their grip on our future.

If we are successful, we believe this project has the potential to help address some of the most vexing problems facing the Internet today. How can we keep the Internet open? How can we keep access to the Internet neutral? How can we better ensure our private data is not misused by large companies? How can we help the Internet scale efficiently for content?

The power of distributed technology that underpins BitTorrent and all of our products has long been an example in this regard and bringing more of this power to the web is only natural as these challenges loom.

Please join us in this project, become a fractional owner of this new Internet and help us shape the future of our network.

Related Reading:

Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules (Wall Street Journal) Coverage of Verizon’s lawsuit to strike down incumbent Net Neutrality guidelines in January 2014.

The Cliff and the Slope by Susan Crawford (Medium). An analysis of Measurement Labs’ report detailing consumer harm (traffic discrimination) by ISPs during Netflix negotiations in 2014.

How BitTorrent Change the Rules of the Internet by Drake Baer (FastCompany). The story of uTP, which helped solve the first Net Neutrality problem for the ISPs.

Net Neutrality: We Need a Better Deal OpEd from Eric Klinker

BitTorrent’s 10th Anniversary & The Internet We Build Next by Eric Klinker

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