[Freedombox-discuss] Announcing Santiago Release Candidate 1

Dan Ballance tzewang.dorje at gmail.com
Sat May 19 16:41:30 UTC 2012

Nice work; really impressed. When I next get some free time I will try
and use your code to host a service. Thanks for your continued hard
work :)

On 18 May 2012 03:35, Nick M. Daly <nick.m.daly at gmail.com> wrote:
> To answer the "what can I use this for" type questions I'm getting, I'll
> try to explain what I'm going to use this for.
> I'm going to host a FreedomBuddy node as a Tor hidden service.  That
> will let my buddies find me online to use the wiki I'm sharing with
> them, even as we both move constantly (through meatspace and the
> network).
> It's designed to operate as a sort of distributed DNSSEC that lets only
> the people you trust find you.
> How would this work?
> Tor Hidden Services (or other protocols, maybe I2P, GNUnet, etc) can act
> as static IP addresses.  So, if I use that to host the FreedomBuddy
> service, my friends will be able to find me, because that location is my
> unchanging, cryptographic identity.
> We could stop right here and have no need for the FreedomBuddy service,
> but there's one functional problem: communicating over Tor is really
> slow.  So, we can use the FreedomBuddy system to exchange our current IP
> addresses (for any service), and connect directly to one another,
> without going through any sort of proxy.  This sort of connection, while
> less anonymous, is usually much faster.
> Finally, since we already have a whitelist of permitted users (through
> their PGP keys), you could configure each service to allow only
> whitelisted users to connect.
> Nothing in the above is new.  However, it's nice to have a standardized
> system behind it, making it more accessible to less technical users.
> Nick
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