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Open and Decentralized DNS (ODDNS) To Defeat Censorship

Postby The Freezer » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:10 pm

This appears very promising... I hope it's successful. :thumbup:

Reprinted from TorrentFreak:
For the last couple of years discussion around censorship of websites in the West has become as prolific as the that around already established blockades in countries such as China and Iran. While meddling with the Internet’s DNS is the weapon of choice for censors, a new P2P system called ODDNS hopes to put control back in the hands of the people.

The Internet’s Domain Name System, which translates human-readable URLs into IP addresses so that web users can more easily find Internet sites, has become a battle ground for censorship during the last couple of years.

From residing almost exclusively in the awareness of computer engineers and nerds, recent attempts by various copyright holders to censor sites such as The Pirate Bay and introduce even more broad powers with the introduction of the SOPA legislation in the US, the existence and mechanisms of the Internet’s DNS have now broken through into the mainstream.

In a response to growing attempts at censorship, various alternative DNS systems have been proposed with an emphasis on those that can’t be meddled with by the authorities. The latest, called ODDNS, comes out of France.

As its name suggests, ODDNS (Open and Decentralized DNS) is an open and decentralized DNS system running on the P2P (Peer-to-Peer) model. It’s creator, web developer Jimmy Rudolf, told PCinpact he invented the system with two specific aims in mind.

The first, and of most interest to people fighting censorship, is to “show governments that it is not possible to prevent people from talking.”

The second, of interest to anyone who owns and maintain their own domain names, is to take back control of them. “I find it absurd to have to regularly pay for a domain name,” Rudolf explained.

ODDNS is an application which allows everyone running the software to share information about domain names with each other, a bit like how a P2P network functions. ODDNS can supplement or even replace regular DNS.

Because domain names and related IP addresses are shared among peers in the network, they can no longer be censored. Furthermore, buying a domain name from a registrar is no longer required since people running ODDNS can create and maintain their own.

Still under development, as expected the source code to ODDNS is licensed under GNU GPLv3. PCinpact reports that the current ODDNS website will be updated next week and the first beta release of the software will follow shortly after.

Of course the success of the project will sit on the developers’ ability to overcome the technical hurdles and, crucially, if they can encourage enough people to come on board and stay on board. The desire to stick with this kind of system will be driven by need so more censorship will become this and similar projects’ lifeblood.
I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.

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Re: Open and Decentralized DNS (ODDNS) To Defeat Censorship

Postby palulukon » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:04 am

One way or the other an alternative to censored net will happen. The things that are available today in so many fields just boggles me. I'm not worried about this censorship at all. Like before all this bs started there was the underlying 'knowing' that the Internet was controlled by a few and if the few ever decided to do a blackout they could. So it's all good...to develop an Internet that cannot be taken away at whim. It's the death throws of corporate/mockery (and I think they know it).

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Postby pacav69 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:04 pm

being behind the great firewall of china i think that having the freedom of access to anything that is on the internet is a great thing, it should be a personal choice not someone controlling it.

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Postby The Freezer » Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:39 pm

They've finally gotten it in English now: ODDNS | The future of domain names management
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Re: Open and Decentralized DNS (ODDNS) To Defeat Censorship

Postby ZaPHoN » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:24 am

What happened to ODDNS. The site is now dead the repository is gone too. It it just vanished without a word. I was planning on trying it out but went on holiday. When I come back POOF!

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Postby The Freezer » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:16 pm

Yeah, how disappointing. That would've been awesome, I bet. But like you said, it's gone -- and nothing on Google about its disappearance either.
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Postby ZaPHoN » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:48 am

I tried the wayback machine too and nada.
Tried contacting the developer but no reply so far.

This is really disturbing.

Someone somewhere must have the source and the git. We need something like this ASAP.

I was planning on delploying this for all of my customers making them part of the network.

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Postby The Freezer » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:58 pm

Hopefully, this might help till something better comes along (like ODDNS had promised)

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