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Dfinity responds to Internet Computer decentralization and privacy concerns

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Dfinity, the staff behind the Internet Computer protocol, or ICP, has fired again at critics of its decentralization and privacy options in an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit yesterday.

The staff sought to guarantee that the undertaking’s basis doesn’t have management over nearly all of voting energy, emphasizing that decentralization is a precedence for the community because it strikes ahead.

The undertaking goals to exchange the general public web with a distributed community of knowledge facilities, nodes, subnets and customers coordinated by way of the Community Nervous System, or NNS. The NNS decides which nodes can be part of Dfinity’s community, disciplines misbehaving nodes, and facilitates communications between the ICP’s varied parts and contributors.

Nevertheless, the NNS has been the topic of criticism, with customers expressing concerns relating to the centralization of voting energy, the closed-course and patented code underpinning the protocol, a scarcity of transparency relating to knowledge assortment, and the only level of failure created by the NNS’ design.

Some have expressed qualms about NNS voting rights accruing over time, fearing that the system ensures Dfinity’s basis and its early backers will preserve centralized management over the community sooner or later.

Responding to concerns concerning the undertaking’s lack of decentralization, Dfinity researcher, Jens Camenisch, stated: “The end goal is that the Internet Computer is fully decentralized and not controlled by DFINITY or anybody else.”

Dfinity’s director of product, Diego Prats, added that “the Foundation does not have control of the NNS’s majority power,” including:

“‘With great power comes great responsibility,’ the community needs to step up to that responsibility. I personally believe the community will step up to that role, but it is early and we have many challenges ahead of us.”

Responding to consumer concerns round being pressured to have a singular Internet Identification to use the community, Diego stated:

“Internet Identity is not meant to be the exclusive way of having Authentication for apps/canisters on the IC. We built it as a service for app developers so they can use an auth based on open standards […] Developers can use or roll out any they wish or none at all. This is entirely optional for using of the IC.”

Jens notes that whereas direct connections to the Internet Computer will permit nodes to establish a consumer’s IP tackle and see the info that’s attempting to be despatched, connecting to the IC utilizing The Onion Router, or TOR, will allow “TOR level anonymity on the IC.”

Jens later clarified that he was unable to entry the IC whereas utilizing TOR except utilizing TOR by way of a non-public window within the Courageous browser.

Critics have additionally estimated that as a lot as 74% of the ICP token’s provide could possibly be centralized amongst “private interests” together with the undertaking’s staff, traders, and advisors. Nick from the Dfinity Basis countered the declare, asserting that solely 24.72% of provide is held by seed donors.

On Could 28, Dfinity founder Dominic Williams posted a weblog publish outlining the roadmap for the undertaking’s Ethereum integration, noting the undertaking’s intention to work symbiotically with Ethereum quite than to immediately compete with it.

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