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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform 169

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New submitter miguelfreitas writes "I'd like to offer for discussion with Slashdot readers this new proposal: twister is the fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform leveraging from the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols. This is not being pushed by any company or organization, it is the work of a single Brazilian researcher (me). The idea is to provide a scalable platform for censor-resistant public posting together with private messaging with end-to-end encryption. The basic concepts are described in FAQ while more in-depth technical details are available from the white paper. The twister network is running already: the client can be compiled for Linux, Mac, and Android. 2500 usernames were registered in the first 6 days."
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Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

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  • by gmuslera (3436) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:41PM (#45888419) Homepage Journal
    Secure, auditable, and distributed or downright personal servers should be the way of the future after we seen the abuses (from governments and companies) that enables to have everything centralized in few places. Of course, is pretty hard to get that for big numbers of people, as they are as group easily manipulable, but at least for the people that want security and privacy, must exist some options.
  • by Okian Warrior (537106) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:48PM (#45888485) Homepage Journal

    And yes, I know it's for distributing information without the iron heel of an oppressive government digging into you. And in all fairness, it could be used for that. In reality though, the people most likely to use this aren't actual freedom crusaders.

    A genuine, bona-fide, copyright cartel internet shill. Bingo - Got one!

    Yes people, let's not support this because we all know what sorts of unsavoury activities will be found there! It just kills me that someone might be doing something I don't like on the internet, and there will be no way to stop it!!!

    There's no value in any of the other activities that might go on - none whatsoever.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:51PM (#45888533)

    So how does this improve on the dominant "darknet" technologies? What about all the lesser (failed?) p2p darknets like Antz, Mute or GnuNet?
    TD;DR of course. This is /.

  • by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:52PM (#45888543)

    The blockchain will soon grow disproportionally large. Right now it's probably managable, but you know what? I'm not downloading tens of gigabytes of blockchain just for the plessure of reading lols on decentralized blogs.

    Nice idea though...

  • Re:well... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:57PM (#45888595) Homepage
    Not only that, it says "can be compiled for Linux, Mac, and Android". What about Windows? I'm all for using free software, but putting out a product like this and then ignoring the most popular operating system in the world by a long shot seems to be like they're asking for it to fail. It's like like they're only targeting free operating systems, as Mac somehow made the list.
  • by cloud.pt (3412475) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:58PM (#45888597)

    Give him bitcoins instead :D
    This is definitely my favorite /. article this year so far.

  • by sandertje (1748324) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:24PM (#45888837)
    Which will be fixed when 'light' clients à la MultiBit appear. They synchronize within a few seconds.
  • Re:well... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rasmusbr (2186518) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:27PM (#45888879)

    Not only that, it says "can be compiled for Linux, Mac, and Android". What about Windows? I'm all for using free software, but putting out a product like this and then ignoring the most popular operating system in the world by a long shot seems to be like they're asking for it to fail. It's like like they're only targeting free operating systems, as Mac somehow made the list.

    You have a good point, but I think it is important to understand that Windows is probably only the third most popular OS after Android and iOS at this point if we count installations where the end user has the right and ability to install new software.

  • Re:well... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sandertje (1748324) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:28PM (#45888881)
    Linux, Mac and Android are all UNIX-based. Writing something for Linux is relatively easily portable to Mac or Android. Porting to Windows is another venture alltogether.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:31PM (#45888929)

    then how do you stop some bot taking many usernames every second? (doesn't say in the FAQ, and it could be a real problem if multiple bots try to generate many usernames each)

  • Re:Windows? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:39PM (#45889031)

    Windows is a notable but minor OS among software developers in the crypto-anarchy scene. Provided the project picks up steam a Windows build will come along soon enough. There are more important things to do right now.

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