BitTorrent wants to change the way the web is built

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BitTorrent’s strong support for an open internet is a defining characteristic of the company. Its vision of a “distributed” internet where users retain more control over their data and personal information is at the core of every product it launches, from its original peer-to-peer networking protocol (which gained so much fame as a piracy tool) to BitTorrent Sync, the company’s answer to Dropbox.

Now, the company wants to apply that principle to the entire internet, starting with Maelstrom, a new web browser based on the BitTorrent protocol that launches today in a closed alpha testing phase. “Distributed technology can and does empower users,” says BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker, “and can solve what we see as some pretty big problems…

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