Who Owns the Stars: The Trouble with Urbit
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by Francis Tseng The application that introduced peer-to-peer (P2P) computing to the mainstream was file sharing, services like Napster, Kazaa, Gnutella, and BitTorrent. For me, these programs were the first time the contradiction of artificial scarcity-the imposed scarcity of infinitely replicable digital information-and the excessive measures that were used to enforce it became startlingly clear.