Novus, a software development firm is leveraging the IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) protocol to provide a fully decentralized content index that is both immutable and censorship resistant. The app, dubbed the Advanced File Index (“AFIX”), combines the advantages both the IPFS and the Novusphere blockchain-based database. Let’s see how it works. The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol designed to create a permanent and decentralized method of storing and sharing files on a fully peer-to-peer environment which powers the creation of diversely resilient networks, enabling persistent availability with or without Internet backbone connectivity. IPFS works in the following way. Each file submitted to the network and its blocks are given a unique hash which allows IPFS to automatically remove duplicates and track version history for every file. The network is run by nodes, much like Bitcoin itself, but instead of storing the information relative to all of the network’s c
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