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The Road to Universal .p2p Resolution

I came to BitShares with the express purpose of convincing them to reinvigorate their .p2p efforts.  Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the .p2p initiative had fizzled not due to lack of interest but of bandwidth.  The core development team wholeheartedly agreed with my overall plan.  Now I would like to present my roadmap for making .p2p a reality for the BitShares community. (more…)

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DNSChain Considered Harmful

DNSChain is a DNS server that uses Namecoin as a backend, but compromises Namecoin’s security without any improvements to usability or legacy interoperability.  However, DNSChain’s faulty and grandiose claims have led to a frightening degree of interest and adoption.  The Namecoin blog is not the place to engage misguided projects but, as an official Namecoin developer, I feel compelled to speak out. (more…)

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TPP IP Chapter Primer

Characterizations of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP ranges from “SOPA on steroids” to “DMCA++“.  As someone who is building a blacklist resistant infrastructure, I needed to know the details so I treated it like a patent application and rewrote it. Updated 2014-12-16: it’s actually much worse than I thought. (more…)

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Understanding Snowden

After hearing about my background in political psychology, I was recently asked what we can do to make people care about what the NSA abuses.  I cannot remember the lame answer I offered, but I have been turning the question over in my mind for the past two weeks. (more…)

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A Chilling Effects for Domain Name Seizures

Domain seizures used to be a rare occurrence, but US law enforcement has become adept at exploiting a quirk in the Internet’s governance structure that allows them to seize domain names without due process.  The rate has been increasing exponentially with a total of 87 in 2010, 350 in 2011,  758 in mid-2012, to 1,700 in mid-2013.  Last month, nearly 5,000 domains were seized via a single court order.  We desperately need to start tracking DNS based chilling effects on free speech rights. (more…)

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Warrant Canary #1

Running infrastructure and doing security research makes you paranoid: when you know something that could cause millions or billions of dollars in damages, it’s inevitable that you go a little nuts with the tin-foil.  However, I’ve been toying with some ideas and I think it’s time for me to suit up with some aluminum foil plating and start post warrant canaries. (more…)