OpenNIC: the unsung hero of the future?
So I’m ashamed to say that I’ve basically been ignorant of the fact that there’s been an alternate democratic/open/post-Capitalist domain name system operating since 2000. It’s called OpenNIC (https://www.opennic.org/) and – with a bit of design love and creative marketing – I don’t see why we couldn't get widespread support for it. It would be a huge step forward for decentralisation/individual sovereignty. https://mastodon.ar.al/media/upXlzzLil5JHFbxONJQ
@saper The sky falls :) (Apparently happened with .free and OpenNIC moved to .libre instead.) Then again, if OpenNIC gains traction (will need lots of buy-in, promotion, etc. but definitely possible) then maybe ICAAN would have to talk to them and not dictate the universal namespace.
@aral i've used foolDNS for a while now as well as my own pihole forwarding to stable DNS' but this looks quite promising. Interesting that they even have their own TLD.
E.g. the trust issue with logging.
Each "node" needs to be able to verify that each other connected node is running a "verified" version (by some form of #checksum calculation?) that somehow "proves" that logging is not happening. I wonder if that is technically possible... Complex at least.
@aral mmm ... yes ... there is all we need since 2000ish to decentralise internet... but noone cares apparently ... been there , waiting for 15y to have ppl to follow in BXL on wifi p2p network with advanced tech... but heck, everybody got vdsl/4G with gratis FB so it's just a waste of time apparently ... :/
or not ?
@mattskala Not sure what you find “crankish” in a democratic, non-capitalist domain name system (or, inversely, what’s inherently acceptable about a commercially-owned-and-controlled system of identifiers for humanity which is what we have today with the mainstream implementation).
@aral The idea that the domain name system should be a tool for political change at all, is a good start. I'd have the same opinion of a group that tried to popularize an "alternate" set of telephone numbers for political reasons, or an "alternate" set of units of measure to replace SI for political reasons (despite that SI itself started that way). Standards organizations are an inappropriate place to start trying to smash capitalism even if you think smashing capitalism is a worthy goal.