Compare and Contrast: SAFEnet and Tor

You can save so much speculation and debate just by looking at what already exists and drawing reasonable conclusions.

I just downloaded and ran the Tor browser. Right there on the front page you can infer certain things.

Tor harbours various filth: Perverts, druggies, card thieves, fraudsters, and other human waste. Yet we see here on the front page that “The Tor Project is a US 501©(3) non-profit dedicated to the research, development, and education of online anonymity and privacy” and on the same page they solicit donations and request that vistors become volunteers to run relays. Also, Tor does not have any greylisting, as far as I know, although I have heard of relay owners attempting such things. It is definitely considered a flaw, needful of patching, if a relay owner, or some researchers running a test network, manage to uncloak any participating nodes.

Conclusion: there no reason why SAFEnet can’t do the same, in the same way, with the same glow of virtue. People who torment themselves and the rest of us with dire warnings of adverse publicity and the need for censorship are not paying attention to what already exists.


I’m sorry but I couldn’t refrain myself from not posting this, but you said:

You sound a lot like the people we are fighting against, the suppressors, the rulers, the government, the people that tell you what you can or can’t be and what you are allowed to do in this “free world”, what is just or unjust and direct your attention to what are mostly crimeless crimes instead of thinking about what is really wrong in this world and how we could fix that, instead of thinking about them and the bankers and the people that wage war against poor countries for oil or other riches, the people that take decisions that kill thousands of people without the blink of an eye… I don’t want to argue with you but having freedom of trade&speech are one of the core principles of a decentralized free world that we are all working towards, judging and pointing fingers is part of the old world and has no place in the new one we are building and dreaming about. So please next time keep your judging to yourself as some people might feel insulted, including I…


Your message is incoherent. Could you please offer some actual criticism of what I wrote and address the issues rather than the tone. No-one gives a shit about such high-sounding rhetoric. And no, I won’t be keeping any such thing to myself. Thank you.

Obviously you don’t want to understand what I was talking about so this discussion is pointless, I’m not here to try to change your mind or to stop you from judging, good luck and have a nice day…

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You obviously missed the minor point, that I approve of Tor, despite what people say…

…and the major point, that what matters is the result, that Tor has a virtuous glow despite whatever sort of people seek refuge there, actually or allegedly.

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People will build search engines and portals that rate and evaluate the data hosted in accessible ways in the neutral & judgement-agnostic XOR space , and present those links according to their own policy & standards .

Almost everyone can buy a hammer , but not everyone will use it for what it is generally intended ,

SAFE should be resistent to groups manipulating or censoring content that is stored , even if a majority democratically votes for restrictions .

E.g. 2 wolves and a sheep decide to vote what’s for dinner … gives an idea of the dilemma .

I think that if SAFE works as intended most users will aggregate to sites and portals of good reputation ,
and a few will abuse the system to store and propagate their malicious crap , just like on the clearnet .

It is the very reputation that is gained over time that will draw more attention to meaningful sites ,
apps , and contents .

Could maybe add some opcodes that allow some hinting and voting of profiles and sites ?
And how can we guarantee that the same measure to mark some content as inappropriate ,
illicit or evil won’t be abused by some scum & dirtbags to attack completely legit use cases ?

I think that a neutral technology will provide procedures for both camps , the good and the bad ones , communication and culture will tackle the idea of curating the vastness of data , profiles , apps , sites and
services , in other words , it’s not technology but cultures that will address the problems some activities may generate .


i have to agree with you. Some of these ACTS are despicable, the people though, they have a problem that they need help with. They either didn’t choose the way they were raised or how their brain was wired. Does that mean they should be free to harm others? Absolutely not but judging them doesn’t make you a better person, your actions do.

Were you referring to the “filth” on TOR, from the perspective of the general populous? or from your personal opinion? I think that’s where the confusion lies.

Does it have to be either/or? Does it matter? Why should my opinion matter? My point is that SAFEnet has nothing to worry about except being competent at what it is supposed to do. If it does just that then the world will flock to it and any notoriety and screaming will just be great unpaid marketing.


@bluebird I agree with your latter point, but if the former is your personal opinion, i would disagree but wouldn’t go very far to try and sway your opinion but i believe that if that is your opinion that said group are scum of the earth then that judgement is what @null takes issue with. Reading some of your other posts I believe this was all just miscommunication. Cheers to freedom for all.


@null agreed but not unfettered freedom of trade- as in we need to be free to trade our coal or our coke or our involuntarily harvested organs or our contract killing or our child prostitutes, or suppress standard of living and wages for most people or even some- we can never over look the problems with trade and money, that one is a fight to the death. Better ethical coffee than plantation coffee, and we can’t just let free speech and transparency be the only check even if these are working, we have to oppose things at times and not just say its ok to fill children with anxiety immune compromising sugar and additives because some lazy rent seekers wants that or force some questionable efficacy/safety drug/vaccine into children’s bloodstreams because of profit for some parasite. Or take fracking, they want to trade people’s access to clean water for profit and because bottle water is an oil product (plastic) and petrol cowboy profit increased in both cases. Just ban the profit and tell the investor thugs you invested stupidly and malevolently against people we are not going to socialize your risk or losses, now we are going to make you eat those losses in part to dissuade or we can toss you in prison- your choice, go ahead with fracking but never with profit again- that is freedom. The gains for whom question is necessary, its existential and its has to be equitable or the result is war and it can’t just be left to a market because that is sheer idiocy. We are going to have to move beyond an investor model. It doesn’t work, investors simply don’t contribute enough, its the inequitable use of money leverage.

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A couple of months ago I wrote a little tale in a thread introducing another TOR/SAFEnet alternative, Ethereum-based AKASHA that I believed would spark some interesting discussion. It rather bombed at that.

No, before I make my argument, allow me to vent my frustration that the threshhold to become part of this community remains out of my reach. Nobody seems interested in producing a 32-bit Launcher1. For this reason I’m not as up on these discussions as I would like to be.

The community doesn’t as I perceive it, realistically perceive the ginormous momentum of the shitstorm that would ensue if what is today possible using TOR would offer itself to the world with a much easier user interface, courtesy of SAFEnet. MSM can easily ignore TOR, which means the general public isn’t aware of it or what takes place in its darker corners. This would not be the case with SAFEnet. Especially onerous is how I perceive interest groups inimical to SAFEnet and the crypto revolution could exacerbate this public uproar to the level of the Muhammad drawing unrest in the Muslim world in 2007, however on a global scale. They could do this by distributing sadistic child pornography and snuff. There would be a moral panic pandemic and draconian new Internet safety laws galore being passed everywhere.

Please, realize the dimensions of what you are about to unberth!

How would its public perception be different from Tor, exactly? Tor is very easy to access right now, except for someone with no computer. :wink:

By the way, what difference does 32-bit make, if you have no computer? The 32-bit no computer runs exactly the same software as the 64-bit no computer. :wink:

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The whole idea of TOR is something underground, illicit. Why would most people who do not have a particular interest in computers and the Internet even know about it. And the media do not cover it broadly. SAFEnet, if it succeeds at all in its ambitions would be a trendy new thing, maybe even The Next Big Thing at an order of magnitude as great as that of the Internet itself. How can I even think such? Real anonymity with cross-protocol scope aimed at everybody? TOR never was that. Besides, the emergence of TOR was in a different age altogether.

A full frontal attack on SAFEnet for its “socially irresponsible” facilitating extremely harmful information (as to that fact we probably need not at all debate) to be circulated effortlessly could easily be just the lever for that angle on an attack on crypto currencies that tptb desperately are searching for. There’s about a quadrillion dollars of pilfered money at stake here (debt-based money, derivatives market).

I use public terminals, mostly at libraries (municipal, university), social services offices, etc. These are the type of connectivity available to indigent people here in Norway. We can take for granted that in most any other country the supply variety for this user group is poorer still.

If SAFEnet wants to make itself available to people at the bottom of the social ladder, which would reveal a true sense of community and social responsibility, then producing 32-bit versions for the Launcher should be a priority. I suppose the attitude at present is more like “I don’t have a 32-bit computer. Nor does anyone I know. Why should we bother about that?” If you didn’t realize it sooner, now I’m telling you you’re being myopic.

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32 bit is a teir 1 platform, it did not make the last cut though. I am sure it will be for Alpha releases. I cannot remember the reason fo rlauncher 32 bit, but if it’s possible it will be done withink reason of course. 32 bit for now is reasonable so will happen. Thre are issue over file sizes memory mapped regions etc. to consider, but AFAIK these are not show stoppers there.


Being that TOR is at best friendly to governments and at worst a honeypot ironically set up by literal child-pornographers (google playden bust), I would not be so sure that the government wouldn’t selectively enforce some stupid ass laws in Safenet’s case.

I’m encouraged to hear this. I very much look forward to being able to run the Launcher and see what happens!


Your comment is beside the point: Tor has a glow of virtue, of fighting for freedom, despite the fact that various despised groups use it as cover. If you don’t think SAFEnet would be similarly perceived then you need to say why exactly.


Well, your priority should be solving your indigence, rather than being concerned with SAFEnet or Tor. If you fix that then you will be far more useful to the SAFEnet project.

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Essential point! TOR isn’t “for real”. It’s a mock-up of free-for-all anonymity. When the real thing comes around there will be a backlash as have hardly been seen since Adam and Eve started eating apples. In fact that’s somewhat a valid analogy. They encroached on the Tree of Knowledge. Truly freedom of information is comparably huge.

Child porn is terribly powerful. You don’t go away they same person you were having watched it for the first time. Having it peddled to people like regular porn was in 1994 will cause an extremely powerful reaction, in my opinion.

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