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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday July 05 2015, @08:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the i-wonder-if-they-run-rehash dept.

Stumbled upon this (disclaimer, I'm not affiliated and don't hold any special interest):

Aether is an app you install to your computer to connect to Aether network. This network is made of different boards (forums) where people post and discuss things. On the surface, it's fairly similar to Slashdot, Metafilter, Reddit, or any other community site on the Internet.

The different thing about Aether is that it doesn't have a server somewhere. The only thing the app does is that it finds and connects to other people using Aether. In other words, it's a distributed, peer-to-peer network.

This makes it impossible to censor, and renders its users anonymous. It's useful for people concerned about privacy, or pretty much anyone who doesn't want to be watched and catalogued for every word they write on the Internet (so, pretty much everybody).

It's also temporary. Whatever you post disappears after six months. It's designed to be an ephemeral space, and it's focused on now, rather than the past. Other people can still keep copies of what you wrote, but it won't last forever in the network itself. They also won't know who you are.

Community moderated, distributed and anonymous. Almost to good to be true, but... how do you know it is actually _gewg that's posting?


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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Monday July 06 2015, @03:23AM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 06 2015, @03:23AM (#205469) Journal

    Three statements cause me problems:

    1) The different thing about Aether is that it doesn't have a server somewhere.
    2) It's also temporary. Whatever you post disappears after six months.
    3) Disk storage isn't going to be a problem.

    I can't get to #2, or #3.
        because I can't get past #1.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 07 2015, @06:19PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 07 2015, @06:19PM (#206185)

    Why can't you get past #1? Has the concept of peer-to-peer networks passed you by?

    #2 will obviously be controlled by the client, people can make copies of the content and keep it longer if they want to, but you won't be able to sync anything older than 6 months form other clients.

    #3 Where did you get this from?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 07 2015, @06:23PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 07 2015, @06:23PM (#206186)

      Excuse my comment for #3, I read back again and see where you got it from.