11.21.20

Go Distributed, Go Encrypted, Go Secure, Transparency Still Possible

Posted in Site News at 9:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It’s hard(er) to cut off a hydra

Lernaean Hydra or Hydra of Lerna

Summary: Earlier today we enhanced access to our (sometimes anonymised) IRC logs by issuing text (ASCII) versions, which will from now onwards be a nightly/daily occurrence; we’re also making everything we publish accessible from a large number of IPFS nodes (akin to P2P)

WE recently wrote about our adoption of alternative projects such as Sequoia. IPFS is one example of this; we hope that more people will adopt it and help decentralise the Web, as well as encrypt it (not just between server and client, which is what HTTPS/TLS is all about).

“IPFS is one example of this; we hope that more people will adopt it and help decentralise the Web, as well as encrypt it (not just between server and client, which is what HTTPS/TLS is all about).”Right now we implement a number of things on a number of affordable-yet-powerful and low-energy Raspberry Pi 4 devices, distributed across countries. They have things like Git and IPFS on them. They’re also being used to communicate. They make us more robust in the face of censorship and takedown attempts (which happened several times in the past).

SailorsIn the long run, we might also use these to further enhance encryption. “The idea is to use OpenBSD on something like a Raspberry Pi (probably the Zero W model, for form factor and cost) and turn that into a dedicated HSM (Hardware Security Module),” one person recently suggested, and “SequoiaPGP would be loaded onto the Pi, turning the Pi into a dedicated HSM. The Rpi products at least are more transparent than anything else we have in terms of hardware. Rpi Zero W is also more affordable than any of these spyware closed source products. The idea is to give users the ability to assemble an affordable HSM themselves with reasonable level of risk assumed (for end-to-end encryption).”

“Right now we implement a number of things on a number of affordable-yet-powerful and low-energy Raspberry Pi 4 devices, distributed across countries.”Although I still write most of the articles, there are more and more people involved in the site and coordination is imperative, of course with some degree of privacy (to reduce the likelihood of disruption by outside actors).

“For now, I’ll continue educating people on GnuPG,” said this unnamed person, “but I think we’ve reached a point now where Sequoia seems like the only direction to move in.”

Earlier today someone in IRC suggested that we adopt Matrix and leave FreeNode behind, but we’ve decided that since the IRC logs are publicly visible anyway, there’s nothing to be gained from self-hosting a chat room which aims to be easily accessible to many.

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