IBM has filed for yet another blockchain-related patent that represents about a blockchain-based internet browser. Registered on 6th August by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, IBM’s patent is for an internet browser that is supported by a peer-to-peer framework.
IBM, which is spearheading enterprise-level blockchain solutions has to its name several patents dealing with blockchain as a service, supply chain management and a program called Oracle that utilises third party information to execute smart contracts. IBM notes that tokens will confirm a clients browser session actions as they are encased into blocks for the Peer-to-Peer framework.
Moreover, this patent elaborates that a browser refers to a system, where client information is transmitted to a global network of Nodes for storage and processing. The users will also hold power over this information, which is a definite shift to the present model in which this information is stored in the browsers databases. Bookmarks, what sites one visits, plug-in installation, task execution, security patches, and geo-location are some of the possible storage session data.
Nonetheless, according to the patent, the program will collate pre-determined data from web browsing sessions, which will then be moved to a system of peer-to-peer nodes for storage and collection. But data collection is dependent upon the kind of browsing experience picked. The organization expresses a blockchain-based browser as –
Affords a system for storing browsing information such that privacy is preserved and places privacy in the ‘hands of a user’ rather than a third party.
The report mentions that one potential use-case, among others, is an attack on a PC’s browser. Moreover, it is to be verified by blockchain technology which is a suitable reinforcement of all client data can be accessible. IBM has also incorporated a token in their model and states that tokens will help in checking a clients browser session activities as they are packaged into blocks for the P2P framework.