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[liberationtech] Concept for takedown-resistant publishing

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) lists at
Wed Feb 1 12:49:42 PST 2012

Hi all,

with a brainstorming with various persons it went out an idea of a
concept of a takedown-resistat publishing system for website.

I'm writing here to submit the concept idea to contribution/critics,
maybe someone will do it someday (if feasible).

I tried to abstract two concept:

a) What is a website?
A website is a set of information (text/images) that can be accessed by
a user trough a web browser.

b) What do you need to be takedown-resistant?
Have a lot of mirrors, on as many server as possible around the globe.

c) How do you make a lot of mirror available?
By making use a very simple and diffused technology for the mirroring,
possibly something that's already diffused across a lot of users.

d) Which is the most known/used information distribution/mirroring
system used nowday?

Bittorrent P2P system.
Bittorrent is the system that today is most used to do file-sharing,
de-facto spreading, distributing, mirroring files.
Bittorrent software is widely available and heavily diffused among users.

So, if it would be possible to let a browser easily access the content
available on bittorrent, it would be possible to easily create a
scalable, distributed and resistant network of mirrors capable of
resisting takedown.

Obviously this require:
- That the content on bittorrent should be file containing all the
elements of the website glued together
- That the web browser should have capability to access a such content
on Bittorrent

I am not entering into the technological discussion, if it's feasible or
not feasible (maybe not, maybe yes).

As a concept, what do you think? Other ideas/extensions?


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