Torrenting The Darknets

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sun May 21 18:27:21 PDT 2017

On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 8:04 PM, Steven Schear <schear.steve at> wrote:
> These trackers

These *websites* are not actually "trackers" and have generally
shifted away from providing tracker service ever since legal pressure
made bundling services riskier, and a new independantly operated
layer of services providing the tracker function with opentracker
as bootstrap / fallback, for the DHT via PEX etc... has arisen.

The proper term for these websites is searchable "indexes (DB's)",
bundled with community bling forums.

In reality it is the "indexes" that...

> need to adopt distributed hosting tech, like IPFS or NetZero,
> so there are no single points of pressure/failure and the operator IP and
> identity have a reasonable chance of staying private from technical
> snooping.

The bootstrap of tracking (where to first securely linkup with peers
for DHT) also needs fixed.

"Filesharing" could be designed lots of ways, doesn't have to
be "bittorrent protocol" proper. Though if it was compatible
with BT clients you'd have millions of instant users / nodes
in your encrypted anonymous ecosystem.

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