This article is a call from the guy who founded The Internet Archive for people to come together and build, well SAFENetwork.
He describes the core to a tee. You’d think he read it all on MaidSafe.net but he’s obviously never heard of SAFENetwork!
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This is nearly built. And then some.
Http://MaidSafe.net have been working on this for nine years and it will reach beta release in the next two or so months.
Known as SAFENetwork, it is a secure, anonymous distributed internet (no servers), that aims to be surveillance and censorship free, and totally anonymous.
It belongs to everyone, and no one will control it. SAFE stands for Secure access For Everyone, and once launched the network will protect itself from malicious code like a natural organism. Ensuring the simple mathematical rules that ensure it’s correct operation remain effective as the code is updated from any would be maintainers. Code updates that diverge from these rules, or is simply less efficient than what is already running will be sidelined and no longer play a part in the network.
SAFENetwork is also an App platform for distributed apps (so expect privacy respecting equivalents to Dropbox, spam proof email, Skype, websites, YouTube etc at launch) and a built in crypto currency that is as secure as bitcoin, but massively scalable (massive transaction rates with instant confirmation). Sport for smart contracts is standard, and distributed computation will follow.
Users create the network by providing unused disk space in exchange for earning the Safecoin crypto currency (called farming) which they can spend too store data on the network and purchase other services - effectively making it free for anyone who contributed about an average amount of resources.
This is just a short summary of features, which obviously raise questions: how does it work? How can it be so anonymous… impervious to censorship, DDoS attacks, hacking etc?