[W]e need a Web that is reliable, a Web that is private, while keeping the Web fun. I believe it is time to take that next step: I believe we can now build a Web reliable, private and fun all at the same time. To get these features, we need to build a “Distributed Web.”
The author, Brewster Kahle, is founder of the Internet Archive.
Good HN discussion as well, particularly schoen's comments (he's EFF's Seth David Schoen):
I've participated in some file-sharing litigation which has made it very clear to me that decentralized P2P systems are not inherently more anonymous than other technologies. In fact, there's a cottage industry of P2P monitoring companies that participate as peers in the P2P networks and record detailed information about the IP addresses of peers that uploaded and downloaded particular files. There are often paradoxes where decentralization helps privacy and anonymity in some ways but harms it in others -- for example, if you run your own mail server instead of using Gmail, then you've prevented Google from knowing who communicates with whom, but allowed a network adversary to learn that information directly, where the network adversary might not know the messaging relationships if everyone on the network used Gmail.