A Bittorrent Based Society

Editor’s Note: Below is an article discussing Bittorrent DNS.  A new concept in DNS where the domain name resolution can now be transmitted via host file to every client computer, effectively bypassing censorship.  What’s happening here is DNS is a service which allows for us to search for and connect to websites in a human friendly manor.  Such as www.website.com, instead of 124.251.252.53/~dsa etc.  Without this resolution system, we’d be very limited in terms of our ability to search out and connect to websites.  The problem being, DNS servers are provided at the ISP level, and higher level infrastructure, where the limiting of accessible domains for the entire internet is possible.  But now, through the use of Bittorrent DNS, there may be a way for us to bypass this and take responsibility of domain name resolution at home using our own computers.

Similarly, Bittorrent clients allow us to share information and files this way as well.  Large files can be transmitted quickly amongst the bittorrent cloud of users, as each computer sends a chunk of data back to the cloud for others to download.  It doesn’t quite happen that way, but that’s the idea.  But it’s another example of us taking back our “power” or the responsibility of hosting files and data away from centralized servers, and moving towards a more decentralized manor.

What if an entire society was based on bittorrent?  What if we all governed ourselves, or held ourselves accountable.  We all did what we wanted and simply found our best place of integration into the whole and actually contributed out of pure joy of doing the job?  What if we had to generate our own income in some fashion?  Provide clothes for ourselves, food… resources?  What if towns were modeled after this, where each town was itself a “node” in the geo-cluster… Bah… but who am I kidding?  That’d never work.

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The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system. This system will exchange DNS information through peer-to-peer transfers and will work with a new .p2p domain extension.

In a direct response to the domain seizures by US authorities during the last few days, a group of established enthusiasts have started working on a DNS system that can’t be touched by any governmental institution.

Ironically, considering the seizure of the Torrent-Finder meta-search engine domain, the new DNS system will be partly powered by BitTorrent.

In recent months, global anti-piracy efforts have increasingly focused on seizing domains of allegedly infringing sites. In the United States the proposed COICA bill is explicitly aimed at increasing the government’s censorship powers, but seizing a domain name is already quite easy, as illustrated by ICE and Department of Justice actions last weekend and earlier this year.

For governments it is apparently quite easy to take over the DNS entries of domains, not least because several top level domains are managed by US-based corporations such as VeriSign, who work closely together with the US Department of Commerce. According to some, this setup is a threat to the open internet.

To limit the power governments have over domain names, a group of enthusiasts has started working on a revolutionary system that can not be influenced by a government institution, or taken down by pulling the plug on a central server. Instead, it is distributed by the people, with help from a BitTorrent-based application that people install on their computer.

According to the project’s website, the goal is to “create an application that runs as a service and hooks into the hosts DNS system to catch all requests to the .p2p TLD while passing all other request cleanly through. Requests for the .p2p TLD will be redirected to a locally hosted DNS database.”

“By creating a .p2p TLD that is totally decentralized and that does not rely on ICANN or any ISP’s DNS service, and by having this application mimic force-encrypted BitTorrent traffic, there will be a way to start combating DNS level based censoring like the new US proposals as well as those systems in use in countries around the world including China and Iran amongst others.”

The Dot-P2P project was literally started a few days ago, but already the developers are making great progress. It is expected that a beta version of the client can be released relatively shortly, a team member assured TorrentFreak.

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