Peer to Peer

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EN Peer to Peer refers to a type of network, not a thing in itself. It could be a network of computers, people with vacation homes or teachers, etc. A peer is an equal participant, someone who is, within the context of the network, the same as you (also owns a vacation home, also provides training, also wants to share files, etc.). So a peer-2-peer network is a network of equal nodes that cut out a middle man, institute or ... they interact, transfer value, exchange expertise, etc. In the hype of the sharing economy, this one is a big hit, although it is misused very often. Airbnb might be somewhat peer to peer, but you still need Airbnb to interact with those peers. It isn't a sharing economy either, it's a profit driven company that doesn't share in that profit. So peer-2-peer has the potential of being efficient, straightforward and democratising, but it strongly depends on the how, who and what. It's potential has undergone a big boost since Blockchain technology came to life (see Blockchain).

NL Peer-to-peer verwijst naar een type netwerk, geen voorwerp an sich. Het kan een netwerk zijn van computers, mensen met vakantieverblijven, leerkrachten, etc. Een peer is een gelijkwaardige participant, iemand die binnen de context van een bepaald netwerk gelijk is aan jou (die dus ook een vakantiehuis heeft, of ook training geeft, ook bestanden wilt delen, etc.). Een peer-to-peer netwerk is met andere woorden een netwerk van gelijkwaardige knooppunten die geen tussenpersoon nodig hebben. In de hype van de deeleconomie is deze een absolute hit, al wordt de term ook vaak verkeerd gebruikt. Airbnb is misschien op een bepaald niveau wel ‘peer to peer’, maar je hebt nog altijd het Airbnb-platform nodig om met die peer iets af te spreken. Dat is eigenlijk geen deeleconomie zelfs, maar een door winst gedreven bedrijf dat haar winst niet deelt. Peer-to-peer heeft dus het potentieel efficiënt, to the point en democratisch te zijn, maar dat hangt dan weer fel af van hoe, wie en wat. Dat potentieel heeft trouwens een aanzienlijke boost gekregen sinds Blockchain in het leven geroepen werd (zie Blockchain).

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So, we wrote this lexicon in the assumption that if people would have more information, and a bit of guidance, they wouldn’t have to feel so helpless when hearing about Digital transformation, MVP’s, Frontend, AWS, Trojans, UX, UI, ... (Que?) We assembled all the buzzwords we use on a daily basis and tried to give a down to earth, simple explanation for each of them. Take it with you, read through it when you’re waiting on a train or getting your nails done and next time somebody starts a fire, you just blow it out yourself (or if it’s too big call Bagaar).

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