Aether is a decentralised, anonymous and encrypted public place in which users can create their own online communities impervious to censorship and eavesdropping.
is a distributed network.
reddit + bittorrent
Aether is a decentralised,
anonymous & encrypted
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.
However, Aether accomplishes
all of this with no servers.
No servers to block
No servers to censor
And definitely no
servers to do this:
The shortest explanation of how it works is this:
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.
The result is a network where posts travel from one
node to another, without anybody knowing the origin.
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.
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.
Aether is cool, because:
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.