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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 q.kontinuum on Monday July 06 2015, @04:41AM

    by q.kontinuum (532) on Monday July 06 2015, @04:41AM (#205481) Journal

    Sorry, needed to paraphrase due to subject length limitation.

    How about users generate a key-pair for each of their assumed identities? If you want something attributed to a specific identity, sign it with its key. If you don't, don't.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by NCommander on Monday July 06 2015, @08:44AM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Monday July 06 2015, @08:44AM (#205520) Homepage Journal

    On my very long TODO list, I was debating implementing a 4chan like tripcode system for ACs. Avoid the hassles of an account, but still be verifiable.

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    • (Score: 2) by q.kontinuum on Monday July 06 2015, @12:11PM

      by q.kontinuum (532) on Monday July 06 2015, @12:11PM (#205582) Journal

      Sounds interesting :-) I would be curious how many people would actually use that, and especially how long they would stick to the same tripcode. I have a feeling that, while there are legitimate reasons to stay anonymous (or pseudonymous), a higher percentage of ACs just doesn't want to be judged by previous contributions, sometimes for obvious reasons.

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