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Gemini Gateways for IPFS

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Summary: The World Wide Web is fine for a lot of things, but for controversial publications and publications that invoke the 'wrath' of corporations/states/plutocracy we must look beyond the traditional protocols, choosing decentralised means and self-hosted means of publication (instead or at the very least in conjunction)

A COUPLE of days ago we did a video and article about Gemini over IPFS (context here) and today we examine what Gemini gateways for IPFS look like. There are already many Web (WWW, https://) gateways for IPFS out there, so why not offer the same over gemini://?



"There are already many Web (WWW, https://) gateways for IPFS out there, so why not offer the same over gemini://?"The video above shows a triplet of Gemini clients and shows how we can, in principle, set up a local Gemini gateway for IPFS access, in effect serving the site's objects in a decentralised fashion from a home connection (self-hosting). For the future of a censorship-averse Internet we need to look beyond the Web, beyond DNS, and beyond all sorts of other social control mechanisms, notably social control media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, where people's accounts, channels and subscribers are as transient as monopolies wish them to be) and clown computing -- a cleverly-marketed self-harming ploy that encourages companies and individuals to outsource hosting, data and much more to some third parties, typically parties that in the pockets of the Pentagon, companies that have questionable political ambitions.

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