[p2p-hackers] BitTorrent measurements / fully decentralized systems

Adam Lydick list-p2phack at ruffledpenguin.org
Wed Dec 15 19:23:02 UTC 2004


On Wed, 2004-12-15 at 10:19 -0800, Martin Peck wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 01:41:55 -0800, Adam Lydick
> <list-p2phack at ruffledpenguin.org> wrote:
> > ...
> > Perhaps not the best possible world, but why not a decentralized model
> > that is enhanced by (but does not require) a centralized authority? This
> > seems to work fairly well for a number of existing networks.
> 
> It is usually very easy to move from a fully decentralized model to a
> more centralized one.  It is much harder to go the other direction.
> 
> My point is that you need a fully decentralized system to avoid the
> weaknesses / vulnerabilities associated with a central identity server
> (CA, single signon, social net sites, etc).  I agree that it would be
> useful to support other systems as well, though they would not be the
> base upon which identity is built, but rather augment the
> decentralized identities within the system...

I completely agree with that. My reply was poorly worded, as it implied
that the central portion should be "designed in". As you noted, this
would be unwise.




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