Skype Journal: The decline of P2P and Decentralisation
Ecademy‘s Julian Bond kicked the decentralization mailing list to life with a post asking about The decline of P2P and Decentralisation. Skype features prominently in the discussion. It’s an example of the tensions and trade offs between centralized and decentralized application architecture.
P2P overcomes bandwidth costs and centralization risks. But bandwidth costs have fallen with Internet buildout. And new technologies wash away technical risks of centralized services. So economics drives P2P less now than previously thought.