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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-04
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A browser and encrypted data vault based on IPFS

Oku is a free and open-source browser for the Web, which aims to bring several technologies, some new and some pre-existing, to everyday users of personal computers. It aims to promote the usage of peer-to-peer protocols, such as IPFS, onion routing (using the Arti implementation of the Tor anonymity protocols), and the WebKit browser engine. With the IPFS protocol built into the browser, users will be able to create, share, and view hypermedia without the need for servers; as a consequence, pages accessed through the IPFS protocol will require offline, local-first data storage on 'vaults' residing in the user's device. The browser facilitates the reading of data from the local storage vaults, prompting the user for a password so that the vault may be decrypted; afterwards, the 'hivepage' (a page accessible through a P2P protocol, as opposed to HTTP) is provided with the user's files residing in the relevant decrypted vault. This model will promote a more trustable alternative to the Web, while simultaneously reducing the cost of publicly sharing hypermedia on the Internet, as servers will no longer be responsible for hosting & serving the content.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.