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  • From: "Alex M (Coyo)" <coyo AT>
  • To: discuss AT
  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] .free TLD
  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:25:28 -0500

On 04/22/2013 12:09 PM, mike wrote:
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On 04/22/2013 01:05 PM, Alex M (Coyo) wrote:
I'm already working on constructing an alternative root-less
That's a significant statement, can you elaborate?

I am not certain it would be wise or responsible of me to speak too much regarding this project, but I suppose it would not hurt to say that I have been spending much of the last three years aggressively studying on my own, as well as relying on the terrifying competence and collective knowledge of my friends, in order to begin redesigning a new protocol stack for tunneling the old deprecated IPv4, IPv6, and EoMPLS protocols over a newer protocol stack that I could have not possibly designed on my own.

It borrows many features and traits from label switching, but does away with arbitrarily assigned autonomous system numbers and arbitrarily assigned address blocks altogether. It also deliberately avoids any centralized naming scheme.

Rather, a very large address space is used globally, and to assign yourself an address, for each address you wish to use, you generate an elliptic curve keypair, the public half of which becomes your address.

Rather than having autonomous system numbers arbitrarily assigned to you, you generate an elliptic curve keypair and use the public half for the autonomous system number for your network. That keypair also functions as a 'contact' address for issues regarding that autonomous system, such as abuse complaints.

Rather than relying on a centralized domain root such as ICANN, we can use (for now) a blockchain system such as the one used by namecoin for the top level domains, making the difficulty hard enough that it takes around three months to generate a block, providing a significant disincentive to creating top level domains without good reason (such as administrative abuse or other such concerns), and using the top level domains to point to more traditional name servers such as powerdns and bind.

To tunnel such a name system over opennic, one would need to gateway that name hierarchy over a traditional opennic tld specifically for that.

I have not yet given this project a name, but our working name is a bit silly, and I don't feel comfortable discussing it at too much a length.

As you might imagine, it's highly experimental.

I hope that helps.

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