Wednesday, December 1, 2010

p2p DNS-future changing idea?

Peter Sunde, co-founder of Piratebay has proposed applying the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) tech used in Bit Torrent to the Internet’s DNS system. In a blog posted by Sunde, he says “Having a centralized system that controls our information flow is not acceptable, By using existing technology for de-centralization together with already having a crew with skilled programmers, communicators, and network specialists, an alternative system is not far away. We’re not going to re-invent the wheel, we’re going to build on existing technology as much as possible.”

What Sunde suggests is that instead of relying on centralized root servers for constant query replies, we could use the same process underlying the Bit Torrent peer-to-peer file sharing technology. Relying on millions of individual computers to host and serve alternative DNS information would provide an uncensored lookup system for the Internet.

Sunde says that the system would traffic in secure data, but there would be no effective way for governments to prevent sites and services from being looked up. Sunde is also said to have a working proof-of-concept code, but there is no timeline on the project. The reason for that is Sunde is currently facing jail time in relation to his activities with ThePiratebay torrent site.