IBM files blockchain-powered web browser patent with peer-to-peer network support
Mon, 12 Aug 2019, 04:53 am UTC
American tech giant IBM has filed a blockchain-based web browser patent in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on August 6.
As per the filing, the system "records and maintains a record of browser events in a blockchain using a peer-to-peer network." It will collect data during web browsing sessions on a computer and transfer it to a peer-to-peer network for on-chain storage of the in-browser events.
Visited websites, bookmarks, search terms, cookies, geolocations, browser security patch records are the possible kinds of data that can be stored on-chain.
The company stated that the patented blockchain-based browser “affords a system for storing information such that privacy is preserved and places privacy ‘in the hands of a user’ rather than a third party.”
The blockchain-powered browser can also interestingly provide a viable backup of all user information in case of malicious attacks.
“As such, the blockchain is updated more frequently (frequency of transmitting the transactions associated with the one or more user’s browser events from the computer to the peer-to-peer network of devices), such that if the computer… is attacked, the blockchain will contain the most current web browser history," the document reads.
Another notable feature of the IBM's system is the inclusion of a token, which will reportedly verify users’ browser session activities, including generated queries, program or service execution results, user cohort and context, risk assessment, and forecast, as they are packaged into blocks for the peer-to-peer network.
As previously reported, Overstock.com’s blockchain subsidiary tZERO has recently been awarded by a patent for a technology, dubbed as “Time Ordered Merkle Epoch (TOME)” technology, which uses digital signatures to record and verify market data including related trades, executions, and settlements.
Meanwhile, Seagate has also recently entered the pilot stage of its blockchain project that aims to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners track the supply chain of hard disk drives using IBM’s blockchain technology.
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