Anybody who codes, maintains a website, uses cryptocurrency or generally accesses the internet should rightfully be concerned about privacy, speed, safety, security and functionality. Dfinity USA is a publicly traded company with a project, the Internet Computer, that promises to enact sweeping changes to how people access and use the internet. It strives to eliminate all reliance on concentrated server farms. By doing that, it will put the control of the internet’s power back in the hands of citizens all over the world.
Meet Dominic Williams
Dominic Williams is the computer scientist and entrepreneur behind Dfinity USA. He founded the company in Palo Alto, CA in 2016. His experience as a theoretician and investor in cryptocurrency made him realize that farms of centralized servers were not doing anyone any good. They appeal to hackers who can take them down and hold them for ransom. The farms are physically a risk when it comes to man-made or natural disasters. On a practical basis, server farms are often a source of slow speeds for cryptocurrency transactions.
What Dfinity USA Has Accomplished
In the five years since Dfinity USA was launched, it has accomplished many feats. An ICO in 2017 yielded close to $200 million. An airdrop of tokens for decentralized trading yielded another $25 million in 2018. These funds were used to establish the Beacon Fund and the Internet Computer Fellowship. Several tools are live on the Internet Computer and can be accessed now. Fleek is a website building service for people who have never built a site before. Origyn authenticates digital goods. CanCan delivers incentives to people who choose to upload videos. OpenChat is in development. It will be a competitor of WhatsApp and will allow users to set their own privacy levels.
Where Will Dfinity’s Internet Computer Go From Here?
Dominic Williams will keep up with his goal of eliminating reliance on centralized server farms by adding more nodes to the Internet Computer. His goal for 2021 is 4,300 nodes. He hopes to be at 5,400 by the end of 2022. Dfinity also plans to bring in more open-source coders.