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Most existing collaborative applications on the Web require centralized servers for storing shared data and relaying communication messages among browsers. This means that users of these applications must fully trust centralized servers that hold and relay potentially sensitive and important data. Furthermore, users can lose access to their data if centralized servers go out of service. This paper proposes building a distributed Web browser as a platform for Web-based collaborative applications to address these problems with centralized servers. A distributed browser consists of multiple browser nodes. Each node looks like a regular Web browser, is operated by a single user, but works together with other nodes.
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