Building A Censor-Resistant Web?

from the one-option dept

With recent efforts to take down various websites, which we've been documenting here on Techdirt, there's been increasing discussions about ways to create a more "censor-proof" internet. We've discussed the idea of a decentralized DNS system and now Aaron Swartz is proposing a "censor-resistant web" system that makes use of hashes and authentication certificates. It's an interesting idea, though it does seem like there are a lot of moving parts, which might make it more difficult to implement. Either way, as we've been predicting for a while now, a lot of the events of the past few months have really only served to expose bottleneck intermediaries and to alert people to infrastructure that needs to be more decentralized.
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  1. identicon
    Dean Landolt, 27 Dec 2010 @ 4:40pm

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    "The internet is mostly a free, open place. Push too hard, and the most restrictive countries will step in and put their foot down. If you really want freedom, then you need to back off a bit and keep it that way."

    This is absurd. And your otherwise thoughtful (if ill-informed) comment suggests you know this as well. For starters, you cannot say "mostly free" and "push too hard" in the same breath -- is it free or not? If it were, you couldn't "push too hard". You can't say "the most restrictive countries will step in and put their foot down" -- they already have. Are you saying they'll put their foot down harder? Sure, but they're far from "mostly free" (such a silly phrase anyway). You *certainly* can't say "imagine the US having only two peering points to the outside world" without providing some roadmap where this were feasible. You just say "It is possible" -- sure, but *wildly* improbably.

    But your points about DNS are spot on -- it's not *fixable* but it's definitely feasible to route around it. It may be inextricably linked to the internet but it's by no means required.

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