[Freedombox-discuss] SIP Witch

James Vasile vasile at freedomboxfoundation.org
Sun Mar 25 17:24:24 UTC 2012

If boxes have sip addresses, how and where does anonymity fit into the

On Sun, 25 Mar 2012 13:08:38 -0400, me at seandiggity.com wrote:
> A brainstorming question -
> If we're looking for some sort of addressing scheme where 
> non-freedomboxen could contact a freedombox to actually view content 
> (say, a whistleblower's document served up by Apache), wouldn't a SIP 
> URI do?  I still have to set up and play with SIP Witch before I 
> understand it:
> https://www.gnu.org/software/sipwitch/
> ...but it seems to me that this part is pretty relevant to us:
> "One important feature will include use of URI routing to support 
> direct peer to peer calls between service domains over the public 
> internet without needing mediation of an intermediary "service provider" 
> so that people can publish and call sip: uri's unconstrained."
> Using a URI like that (let's say, a random string or one based upon a 
> key) opens the door for linking to things like OStatus (WebFinger etc.) 
> and do federated Web publishing.  In the case of GNU Telephony, it seems 
> they're going in that direction with Friendica:
> http://www.gnutelephony.org/index.php/GNU_Free_Call_Roadmap#Milestones
> I don't think Friendica is an ideal choice for the freedombox and I 
> know we're staying away from PHP, but I'm wondering if it will be 
> possible to provide the anonymity of ToR by default along with the 
> potential for a box identifying itself to "the world" or a circle of 
> trusted friends, so that Apache could serve up documents.  Perhaps my 
> thinking is too inclined toward Web development, but I think it's an 
> important goal to get Web publishing into the freedombox and make sure 
> that doesn't get lost as other pieces are being worked on.
> ~ Diggity
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