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[liberationtech] NYT: Eben Moglen Is Reshaping Internet

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Wed Feb 16 14:33:13 PST 2011


On 02/16/2011 11:39 AM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Here's good background; fantastic inspiring speech:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOEMv0S8AcA
> 
> <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOEMv0S8AcA>It would be nice to hear from
> Eben directly though.
> 

I think the speech is inspiring - Eben has the right idea - I'm curious
about implementation details.

This topic is pretty interesting to Tor as well. We've been evaluating
hardware for this kind of system - specifically to help with Tor Bridge
adoption and for hosting hidden services:
https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/TheOnionRouter/Torouter

With the right hardware, I could easily imagine this as an Openmesh
capable, Tor friendly, Debian Gnu/Linux system. It would allow for
anyone to have end to end authenticated, encrypted services (web, ssh,
jabber, etc) hosting. It would work anywhere there was a network
connection - even behind a NAT as long as they have any internet
connection at all:
http://www.torproject.org/docs/hidden-services.html
http://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-hidden-service.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.onion

What are the different possible hardware platforms that are currently
under consideration?

Whatever the platform, I suppose it will need a good hardware random
number generator, perhaps hardware support for AES as well. Mesh
friendly wireless radios also sound like they would be required - is
there a good lead on wireless hardware that isn't stuck with a binary
blob and is actually functional today?

All the best,
Jacob



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