[Freedombox-discuss] Decentralized naming (was: Introductions)

Clint Adams schizo at debian.org
Sat Aug 28 02:40:49 UTC 2010

On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 02:12:17PM -0700, Anthony Towns wrote:
> The completely decentralised approach would be to use a distributed
> hash table and have each freedom box register an id as the key, and
> their location as the data -- then you just need to find some other
> freedom box to join the hash table initially, and your friends' ids in
> order to be completely connected, and cope with dynamic IPs and
> whatnot. Likely a good thing overall, but getting email and social
> networks working is probably a bigger win for the masses.

People already exchange 16-digit numbers to establish social
networking relationships through their non-free game consoles.
If this can be adapted to work without a centralized authority,
I think we have a reasonable starting point with what seems like
a low bar to entry in current practice.

If we also cultivate a culture where people are certifying each
other's identities with the aid of QR codes scanned by their
smartphones, and we have some sort of digital signing
convention with which a freedombox owner can attest that the
freedombox with a certain unique identifier is indeed associated
with a particular person's identity, then we get the benefit
of trust paths to both the people and the boxes.

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