IPv6 and the future of social networks

This Hangout with Vint Cerf and others exploring aspects of IPv6 is really interesting and when the participants started talking about direct device to device connections I couldn’t help but wonder if IPv6 won’t, perhaps, introduce more meaningful peer to peer/mesh networks which are less dependent on central hubs and closed systems.

In other words, will Facebook and similarly closed (and partly closed) platforms become less influential and dominant in a world where software supporting IPv6 enable direct connections and sharing. It sounds like identifiers like phone numbers and email addresses could give way to IP addresses as unique identifiers.

Or I could just be talking out my butt.

By the way, if you don’t know what I am talking about, watch this:





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