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[liberationtech] eternity USENET (Re: Internet blackout)

Guido Witmond guido at
Fri Jun 14 16:53:00 PDT 2013

On 14-06-13 21:22, Adam Back wrote:
> Kind of old now (1997) but take a look at USENET eternity for a distributed
> censor resistant web publishing system based on USENET, PGP and
> hashes/committments. The documents could either by public, semi-private
> (secret URLs) or secured. Content updateble only by the author using PGP,
> and yet browseable from a web browser with the plugin. The whole thing was
> a perl script, but you may find the approaches interesting.
> There's an old Phrack article describing it in more detail and a howto, and
> the software.
> Adam

>> This was exactly my jumping-off point for Briar: take Usenet, remove
>> the path header, remove cancellation messages, require message IDs to
>> be cryptographic hashes of the content, and require link encryption. :-)

>>> Encrypting everything should stop article spoofing. (Although it
>>> doesn't stop article flooding, and an adversary could try to
>>> overwhelm the network by injecting large amounts of traffic.
>>> Deprecating the Path: header actually makes this easier for an
>>> attacker.)

Doesn't Freenet already solve these issues by actively distributing 
content even wider when someone wants to censor something. A sort of 
built in Streisand Effect.


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