Decentralized Services

From: Mike Harrison 
> Stop it Mike, just stop it.  I just had a Blue Wave Flashback (OS/2
> version, thank you very much) trying to remember what I used for NNTP...


It's a convergence of threads in different place.


building "decentralized services"

Which the original internet (1990's) had a lot of.

The thought is a kinda about a small Linux-ish appliance
that could provide a stable secure "darknet" without the internet.
A conversation I had on the street today with a person on this list
had me thinking that it would have been a great conversation to have had 
on a semi-trusted open forum on a darknet. Why? because this person's
future employers, wives, etc.. probably don't need to know about the 
journey of exploration he is on, they need to deal with the result (and 
facade) at the point in his journey that they meet him on.

UUCP, NNTP, BBS-style forums... all make sense in that world that might 
exist on store and forward networks, sneakernets, private meshes and 
occaisional VPNs.

And if an employer has the tech-savvy to join that ecosystem and hunt you 
down: it might be the reason to really want to work for them, or avoid 
them like the plague.

Question:  Where on the internet (now) do you go to have reasonably 
private anonymous conversations with intelligent people about deeply 
personal subjects. Religion, Sex, Politics, Dark tech, etc ?
without fear of public embarrasment, humiliation or arrest?

Once upon a time it was the whole internet, IRC.. then newsgroups.. then 
private non-archived non-web posted mailing lists.. (there are a few still out 
here..), Facebook? Reddit?

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ I been thinking on this awhile. Even before the current nsa flareup. The old idea was revive fido with something akin to the 1bbs script that turns a linux box into a bbs. Lately I been taking a nostalgia tour into Gopher and doing research into what is being done with it lately. Found a blog about creating a gopher server with inetd(remember that?) and some php. Got to thinking why not use sshd instead? Or have public gophers with everything encrypted using public/private key gpg. Add an alt DNS top level domain to really screw with some folk. On Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:25:17 -0400, Mike Harrison wrote:

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 I disagree. If I wanted pseudoanonymity to discuss certain activities, I always used private communities. And/or alternative identities (not to be confused with a "handle"). What's even more interesting is to see the "ghost" profiles FB and LI have built off one of my alternative identities I created in the early 90s. Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJSQbMkAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcd1RwH/iYC8o+0GCrTD/AeJOof2Z0h IclPRssVnFrLr/aA1sBgKOuNDvusgLER+YKoaN+6/bYXmAHhKMI/+M8w5fDCyrae eZcX6OemgAQQvHijnPisVp/PTzXAZ0ovh82qkMzIN6s+cJ0JpcdWkMDhLExNiTq1 lMWecdCi0rhRAhOwxpVaxZOGrcbL9M6B2VSribtqwQ6XdFFGqZSB9X44NQIALE2d 5o+KnBAIKwU/G4FwMmGeLMN6cOFh9cML31SzgBzGQYFBBV4r39gKQCsebFyuPmVl OMKVqh9Jtpc8D033a8mmtUtHwuY8msuXQ0yPt4YnbeK+k9ZYOpUsaC3ChOPtZgY= =E6+D -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----