Pocket Network: The Decentralized Marketplace for Blockchain Connectivity

MAR 22, 2022 • 27 Min Read

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The Emergence of Centralized Platforms

Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of popular messaging app Signal, recently wrote one of the better critiques of web3. In his article titled, “My first impressions of web3”, one of Moxie’s core criticisms is the lack of attention to the client/server interface in web3. In today’s Internet Age, the majority of online activity filters through a small cohort of centralized platforms that abstract away the complexities of publishing and consuming web-based content. Despite the decentralized ethos the Internet was built upon, we’ve witnessed a consolidation of power towards centralized platforms because, as Moxie rightfully stresses, “people do not want to run their own servers”.

In the context of today’s web3 infrastructure stack, Moxie likens users and dapps to clients, and blockchains to servers. Drawin

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