[Freedombox-discuss] Dumb idea: Alternative to Tor that promotes good behavior

ST smntov at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 06:57:09 UTC 2013

What you are going to do is a very important thing. Modern technology
brings a lot of new opportunities but a lot of dangers as well. In many
cases the harm outweighs the benefit. I think people became much less
"social" in the real life because of "social" networks. And my
assumption is that most of the violent pedophiles out there became such
(from regular people) just by systematic watching child porn (the same
applies to other form of perversities.). So its not just about wasting
your traffic - it's about your taking share in creating of another
monster, maybe, in your own neighborhood who will endanger your own

Best luck!

On Sun, 2013-10-27 at 13:26 -0400, Bill Cox wrote:
> I would love feedback on an idea for promoting more internet freedom.
> Here's the problem: Tor has little public support, because most Tor
> traffic is wasted on supporting bad behavior.  When I ran a Tor node, it
> became clear that most of my bandwidth was being wasted on video
> downloads.  People want to promote free speech, not child pornography.
> Here's my solution: Build a Tor-like network for routing anonymous data,
> but track behavior of all users' secret identities, and make their
> Internet history public.  Allow node operators to choose categories of
> public identities they which to support.
> For example, I would choose to promote all forms of non-violent free
> speech.  I should be able to contribute my bandwidth to this purpose.
> If a dissident in China goes by the public ID of ChinaCat, and has a
> high reputation for promoting freedom, they are welcome to use my
> bandwidth.  If someone just wants access to redtube.com, they can get
> that access from someone else.
> There are various technical aspects to this idea.  For example, would
> prefer that the social graph between secret identities be public so I
> can use a simple network flow algorithm over trust edges between
> identities to determine how much I trust someone.  The entire social
> network should be P2P, like Tor, and it should route a lot of dummy
> traffic to help hide the real traffic.  With the considerably lower
> bandwidth that is needed to promote freedom rather than free porn, this
> should be no problem.
> What do you guys think?
> Bill
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