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GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking that does not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services. Our high-level goal is to provide a strong free software foundation for a global network that provides security and in particular respects privacy.
GNUnet started with an idea for anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing, but has grown to incorporate other applications as well as many generic building blocks for secure networking applications. In particular, GNUnet now includes the GNU Name System, a privacy-preserving, decentralized public key infrastructure.Read more Friday, February 19, 2010 - 22:34 Christian Grothoff
With broad support from the P2P community, we have been trying for a while to follow RFC 6761 to register special use domain names for ".bit", ".exit", ".gnu", ".i2p", ".onion" and ".zkey" to reduce the likelihood of ICANN accidentally creating a conflicting gTLD assignment.
There are a number of attendees at IETF that appreciate that DNS is not the only name resolution protocol on the Internet, and that the IETF/ICANN might thus want to have a process to accommodate alternatives. However, there are also a number of DNS-centric people with a totally lack of alacrity in the dnsop WG to continue to stall the process by repeating arguments that were exchanged dozens of times in hundreds of e-mails, for example on the dnsop mailinglist.
The result of two years of discussions and a dozen revisions of the draft(s) at IETF 93: The IAB Chair Andrew Sullivan, who works for the DNS Service provider dyn.com, says the IETF should not support special use domain names threatening the DNS business model, as it might otherwise become the target of lawsuits of organizations trying to protect their business model. He clarified saying that ".i2p" and ".onion" might be OK, because they are limited in scope (similar to ".local") and thus do not compete with DNS. Finally, he said that were it not for the political/legal issues, he would support IETF documenting the (other) special-use domain names. So if (some of) the drafts do not turn into RFCs, you now know why: some at the IETF have cold feet.
Admittedly, RFC 6761 might not be perfect -- it describes what an RFC reserving special use domain names should contain, but not what standard the IETF should apply to approving it. Furthermore, the approval process itself is, well, underspecified. That said, with the process taking typically several years already, the real problem is that many things (like Microsoft's ipv6-literal.net) will just continue to be deployed without documentation.
The future process for the other P2P names will demonstrate to which extent the IETF is able to abide by its mission and serve its users at large, even when this might fly in the face of some corporate interests. The fact that the IAB chair says that he does not think the IETF currently has the stomach to approve an informational draft highlights how toxic the process currently is.
After the session, one of the WG chairs told me that they would "now" --- after this discussion and after splitting the one original draft into five --- begin the "technical review". So the drafts will remain in purgatory for now. I was also told that I should bring this up with ICANN instead...Read more Monday, July 20, 2015 - 16:26 Christian Grothoff
On the 27th we get to officially announce the results from the GSoC application process to the students, so we should probably use this opportunity to also have a first discussion with those that have been selected. So, let's have the 6th develper Mumble on Monday, April 27th, 9pm CEST, as usual using the Mumble server on gnunet.org. Agenda items include:
I hope all GSoC applicants, mentors and Bart can make it, naturally everybody is welcome to join.Read more Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 17:22 Christian Grothoff
The 5th develper Mumble will be on Friday, March 20th, 9pm CET, as usual using the mumble server on gnunet.org. Agenda items include:
Before the meeting (if possible) students should upload their GSoC proposal to Melange, and it would be great if all known open bugs were entered into the bugtracker, and all known resolved bugs marked as resolved in the bugtracker.Read more Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 14:01 Christian Grothoff
GNUnet is participating in this year's GSoC under the GNU umbrella. Our project ideas are listed here: https://www.gnu.org/software/soc-projects/ideas-2015.html#gnunet.
You are encouraged to ask questions about the project ideas and involve in discussions with us on our mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find most of us on Freenode IRC: #gnunet; note that our IRC channel may have some delay so please be patient.
Looking forward for your applications and a great summer of code.Read more Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:15 Sree Harsha Totakura
The 4th develper Mumble will be on Friday, March 6th, 8pm CET, as usual using the mumble server on gnunet.org. Agenda items include:
As planned, next round for the develper Mumble will be on Sunday, Feb 15th, 8pm CET, as usual using the mumble server on gnunet.org. Agenda items include:
More suggestions welcome, extended descriptions should be passed either directly to Giuseppe Scrivano or via Christian. No specific deadline for topics was announced, but generally ASAP, as we also need to find students.