Dfinity Responds to Criticism of Internet Computer Protocol Decentralization and Privacy

Dfinity is attempting to quell criticism of the decentralized and private nature of its Internet Computer protocol.

Dfinity Responds to Criticism of Internet Computer Protocol Decentralization and Privacy

Dfinity, the team behind the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP), yesterday fired back at criticism of the decentralization and privacy of its protocol at a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) event.

The team tried to reassure people that the project’s foundation does not control the majority of voting rights and stressed that decentralization is a priority for the network moving forward.

The project aims to replace the public Internet with a distributed network of data centers, nodes, subnets and users coordinated through a network neural system (NNS). the NNS determines which nodes can join Dfinity’s network, disciplines misbehaving nodes, and facilitates communication between the various components and participants of the ICP.

However, NNS has been subject to criticism, with users expressing concerns about the centralization of voting rights, the closed process and proprietary code supporting the protocol, the lack of transparency in data collection, and the single point of failure caused by the NNS design.

Some have expressed concern about the gradual increase in NNS voting power and fear that the system will allow the Dfinity Foundation and its early supporters to continue to exercise centralized control over the network in the future.

Responding to concerns about the project’s lack of decentralization, Dfinity Fellow Jens Camenisch said, “The ultimate goal is for Internet Computer to be completely decentralized and not controlled by Dfinity or anyone else.”

Diego Prats, director of products at Dfinity, added, “The foundation does not control the majority of the voting power of NNS.”

“‘With great power comes great responsibility,’ and the community needs to take on that responsibility. Personally, I think the community will take on that role, but it’s too early to tell and we face many challenges.”
In response to user concerns about being forced to use a single Internet identity, Diego said.

“Internet identity is not the only way to authenticate applications on IC or canister (as a smart contract on Dfinity, deployed on IC’s data center, a scalable, interoperable computing unit designed for large-scale web services). We offer it as a service to application developers so they can use open standards-based authentication, and developers can use or launch any product they want or none at all. It’s completely optional for the use of IC.”
Jens noted that connecting directly to Internet Computer would allow the node to identify the user’s IP address and see the data it was trying to send, while connecting to IC using The Onion Router (TOR) would enable “TOR-level anonymity on IC.

Jens later clarified that he could not access the IC while using TOR unless he used TOR through a private window in Brave’s browser.

Critics also estimate that as much as 74 percent of the ICP token supply may be focused on “private interests,” including project teams, investors and advisors. Nick from the Dfinity Foundation refutes this claim, claiming that only 24.72% of the token supply is held by seed donors.

On May 28, Dfinity founder Dominic Williams published a blog post outlining the project’s roadmap for integrating Ether, noting that the project’s intention is to live symbiotically with Ether, rather than compete directly with it.

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