Brightnets vs. Darknets

15 08 2006

OFF System Development » Brightnets vs. Darknets

In the aftermath of being shut down for a couple days because of political tomfuckery, the Sweedish political party has proposed creating a Commercial Darknet (see Previous Post), but the darknets ain’t free.

This interesting article about OFF, or owner free filing system, takes the problem out of the darkness and into the light:

The Owner-Free Filing system has often been described as the first brightnet; A distributed system where no one breaks the law, so no one need hide in the dark.OFF is a highly connected peer-to-peer distributed file system. The unique feature of this system is that it stores all of its internal data in a multi-use randomized block format. In other words there is not a one to one mapping between a stored block and its use in a retrieved file. Each stored block is simultaneously used as a part of many different files. Individually, however, each block is nothing but arbitrary digital white noise.

Here’s the problem, a “brightnet” is still file sharing.  If the political zeitgeist can go after a server with torrent files (even though they lost) they can easily go after a “brightnet” where these “digital white noise” files will be stored.

However, the great thing about OFF is that it maybe FREE!!  While the sweedish Darknet ain’t.

We’ll have to wait and see what shakes out.  For now BitTorrent is still the way to go.



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