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Aether— A decentralised online public space.

Burak Nehbit
November 23, 2013

Aether— A decentralised online public space.

Aether is a decentralised, anonymous and encrypted public place in which users can create their own online communities impervious to censorship and eavesdropping.

Burak Nehbit

November 23, 2013
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  1. is a distributed network.

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  2. reddit + bittorrent

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  3. Aether is a decentralised,
    anonymous & encrypted
    public space.

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  4. The user sees and interacts with the standard interface
    of online communities: upvotes, downvotes,
    comments, threads—all there.
    !
    You can create your ‘subreddit’, post,
    upvote, downvote, and else.
    !
    Nothing interesting so far.

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  5. However, Aether accomplishes
    all of this with no servers.

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  6. No servers to block

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  7. No servers to censor

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  8. And definitely no
    servers to do this:

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  9. The shortest explanation of how it works is this:
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    When an user connects to another, it receives a bunch
    of posts, and a list of people.
    !
    Aether inserts that bunch of posts into the threads
    user sees. Then connects to the list of
    people it just received.
    !
    When an user upvotes a post, Aether makes that post
    available to other people connecting to the user.
    !
    Repeat ad infinitum.

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  10. The result is a network where posts travel from one
    node to another, without anybody knowing the origin.

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  11. The process and algorithms that convert disparate
    posts received from thousands of people into
    coherent threads rests in the client running
    in the user’s computer.

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  12. Connections between users are encrypted.
    !
    TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA with 2048 bit RSA keys.
    !
    No eavesdropping, no network profiling, plain, old, safe SSL.

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  13. Aether is cool, because:
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    It's anonymous. The posts jump from one node to another with
    no author information except a nickname. They cannot be
    traced back to the origin.
    !
    It gives people an unfiltered, unmodified feed of information
    directly from the sources, with no intervention or censorship.
    !
    It's unmoderated, so there is nobody that's deciding what you
    should and should not see.
    !
    It requires zero infrastructure.

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  14. Get Aether from here:
    !
    getaether.net
    !
    Available for OS X and Windows.
    me: @nehbit, [email protected]. say hello!

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