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One of the recent patent filings for the tech behemoth suggests that it has plans to introduce a privacy-focused and blockchain-powered internet browser. The US patent was registered on 6th August.
IBM’s patent application registered with the US States Patent and Trademark Office hints at a blockchain-powered web browser. The company is spearheading enterprise level blockchain solutions which includes blockchain as a service, supply chain management and a program which uses third-party information to execute smart contracts. The blockchain system will confirm client browser session actions as they are encased into blocks for peer to peer framework.
Blockchain to power internet use
With the rising adoption of internet, users need to have more control over their browsing sessions. They should be able to determine whether the data is being shared or not. Traditional tech solutions don’t offer this control. Blockchain and its decentralisation structure can allow users to decide whether they wish to share the data.
Brave browser is one recent example of how innovation can happen in the web browsing space. Users can privately browse the internet without anyone collecting their data in an unauthorised manner. The browser blocks trackers and other intrusive software.
IBM’s blockchain browser patent
IBM intends to use blockchain to backup all browsing data, which will add protection to internet users. The US patent filed by IBM mentions that the usage will verify user’s browser session activities. The proposed browser will securely store the browsing data, thereby preventing third-party access to it.
IBM is betting big on new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. Some of the patents include network security manager, patent protecting enterprise blockchain and blockchain auditing patent.