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[liberationtech] Concept for takedown-resistant publishing

Michael Rogers m-- at
Thu Feb 2 06:31:59 PST 2012

On 02/02/12 11:43, danimoth wrote:
> DHT or PEX are used to reduce usage of "tracker" server, which in
> previous version of protocol used to coordinate peers.
> Introducing DHT, every peer could do as tracker itself, so they aren't
> needed (and I never mentioned they on my previous post).
> I talked about "torrent" file, which contains information on how many
> pieces (and their hash) the original file has, plus some metadata
> information, which you need to download something with bittorrent
> protocol.
> [1]

Torrent files are slowly being replaced by magnet links. The next
problem is that most browsers don't understand magnet links, so unless
you have a BitTorrent client installed, the links won't take you anywhere.

So it might be interesting to think about embedding a small BitTorrent
client in the browser to handle magnet links. It would need to be
embedded because once the torrent's finished downloading you want to
unpack it and view it in the same browser window where you clicked on
the link.

That sounds pretty close to what LittleShoot already does, so that might
be a good place to start.


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