According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, IBM has filed a patent application for a blockchain-based web browser. According to the online document, the web browser is described as following:
“A computer-implemented method records and maintains a record of browser events in a blockchain using a peer-to-peer network. One or more processors detect one or more browser events for a browser on a computer. One or more processors then transmit transactions that are associated with the one or more browser events from the computer to a peer-to-peer network of devices that create a blockchain, which includes one or more blocks that describe one or more browser events, such that the blockchain records and maintains a record of browser events that occur at the computer”
The inventors, Kozloski, James R, Clifford A. and Weldemariam, Komminist describe summarised the project as an edge technology able to record and maintain a record of browser events in a blockchain using a peer-to-peer network. The processor will be able to detect a browser event for a browser on a computer. One or more processors transmit transactions associated with the disparate browser events from the computer to a trans-vendor service. From here, it operates across disparate browsers, devices, and operating systems, such that the trans-vendor service. The trans-vendor services generate a blockchain ledger that includes one or more blocks that comprise the transactions associated with one or more user browser events from the computer and blocks that describe the one or more user browser events from the disparate browsers, devices, and operating systems.
This is a new game for IBM, as it could lead the race on information collection if the browsing experience is friendly enough. The data stored may include bookmarks, task performance, locations, plugins, and security configurations. The project also includes a token.
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