Sarah Friend

Software Engineer at CirclesUBI


Getting started with p2p
p2p, decentralization, web, libp2p

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There's a growing movement to decentralize (or re-decentralize the web) and some might say we are in a golden age of new peer to peer protocols - but how do you begin taking advantage of this in your application or organization?  How do you choose what protocols to build from or off of?  This talk will survey the landscape, as well as a technical introduction to popular tools like libp2p.


Sarah Friend is an artist and software engineer working at a large blockchain development studio. When not doing that, she creates games and other interactive experiences. Her practice investigates murky dichotomies - like those between privacy and transparency, centralization and decentralization, and the environment and technology - with playfulness and absurdist humour. She is a proud Recurse Center alum, and has presented at Radical Networks in Berlin, Microwave Festival in Hong Kong, and Mutek in Montreal. She was recently chosen as one of Canada’s 30 under 30 developers, and is one of the organizers of Our Networks, a conference on all aspects of the distributed web in Toronto.

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