As part of Elastos Smart Web, Elastos Carrier is a decentralized peer-to-peer platform that takes over all network traffic between virtual machines and conveys information on applications’ behalf.
Simple explanation of Elastos Carrier
Simply put, Elastos carrier is modifying current routing protocols to make them decentralized. Elastos Carrier routes traffic in a different way. As of now, when internet traffic is routed, it all needs to be passed through a central server at some point. For instance when you go to a website, traffic first goes to a big server/database that translates the URL into an IP address.
If the company owning this server decides to blacklist a URL, people can’t use it. This also makes internet traffic routing predictable, and also it means that if you shut down the server, or if the censor cuts off traffic to certain IP/DNS addresses, you can effectively censor certain website or apps. With Elastos, internet traffic is relayed peer to peer. Elastos just announced they have distributed 450k factory installed units overall, more than 220k in October only.
In October the Elastos Carrier was distributed in 220k set top boxes, reaching a total of 450,000 factory installed units. While Shijiu continues to ship an increasing amount of sets – cooperation to begin working on the first real DID application is underway! #Elastos $ELA
— Elastos (@Elastos_org) November 8, 2018
This means traffic does not need to go to a central server first, so there is no way to censor or shut down. If there is not a direct route between peers, then traffic will hop between others peers on the network(relays), until it gets to the end users. ISP peering in on private user data is solved by encrypting all network traffic. This also means relays cannot look in on the data. Only the person with the correct public key private key pair can see.
This is truly great news for Elastos after the drama and reputation damaging news caused by the early unlocking of team funds. Even though their reasoning was somewhat plausible, it sent quite a few ripples through the community.