Opera, a freeware web browser, has entered into partnership with Unstoppable Domains, a censorship-resistant web developer, allowing users to create and access decentralized web pages.
Over 232 million persons are using decentralized, blockchain-based websites through Opera browser.
Under the partnership, users can browse such websites by typing ‘.crypto’ extension into their Opera browser just as they type ‘.com’.
This is the first time a major browser supports a domain that is not part of the Domain Name System (DNS) which is a system used to translate alphanumeric domain names into Internet protocol numbers.
Major shift towards decentralized systems
The step marks a great shift towards more decentralized systems and another move towards Web 3.0 through managing the distributed domain name.
The decentralized websites are hosted through Peer to Peer (P2P) networks such as IPFS rather than cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Brad Kam, Unstoppable Domains co-founder, said:
“We believe that tools like Ethereum and IPFS will create a better internet than what exists with DNS and ICANN.”
“It’s just beginning, but this system could replace the old internet entirely. Our partnership with Opera means that users can now view a .crypto website just as easily as a .com website,” he added.
Although decentralized domains can help people avoid censorship from publishing, they do little to help viewers in jurisdictions facing censorship, surveillance and de-anonymity issues.
Unstoppable Domains said:
“Just as with the current web, if users are facing those types of issues they would need to use VPNs or a similar tool. Decentralized websites solve a user’s ability to publish — it’s on the publishing side rather than on the viewing side. Right now, you can’t publish using a traditional domain registrar if you’re in a place that is limiting free speech. Whereas, with decentralized website tools, you could. So it’s about the publishing and not the viewing.”
Cryptolydian earlier reported that Opera has partnered with Wyre, an e-payments startup, to expand the crypto buying power of its built-in wallet. The partnership brings the functionality of Apple Pay to iOS and Android debit card integration.