NYC Tests Blockchain For file Storage – GCN

New York Metropolis is testing out the decentralized internet by placing open information on Filecoin, an open supply, decentralized file storage community.

Working with Protocol Labs, an open supply analysis, growth and deployment laboratory, and the Filecoin Basis, New York Metropolis will retailer and preserve information on demographics, air high quality and authorized notices on the community -- for free of charge for at the very least the subsequent 5 years.

The Filecoin Basis is an impartial group that helps the year-old Filecoin community and promotes the expansion of the decentralized internet, also called dWeb or Web3. That’s the idea of reorganizing the online in order that slightly than most on-line information being managed on non-public servers operated by main firms reminiscent of Amazon, Google and Microsoft, information is saved and managed utilizing different computing sources, reminiscent of cellular gadgets.

“New York Metropolis repeatedly seems forward to raised perceive how know-how might help it ship for New Yorkers,” NYC’s outgoing CTO John Paul Farmer wrote in an e-mail to GCN. “That features figuring out efficiencies, bettering governmental resilience, and safeguarding information – all of that are addressed by the Filecoin Basis’s check of the decentralized internet.”

The inspiration recognized the datasets and uploaded them to the community through Estuary, open supply software program that permits public information to be despatched the Filecoin community and retrieved from anyplace.

“The Filecoin Basis and Protocol Labs downloaded the info and performed the storage operation, making this a really gentle elevate for the Metropolis of New York,” Farmer mentioned.

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