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The current version of the Silktorrent is INCOMPLETE and VERY EXPERIMENTAL.
Up to date Silktorrent documentation MIGHT resides at silktorrent.ch.
The Silktorrent is meant to be a doomsday last resort network software infrastructure that allows to create reliable information systems that can withstand a situation, where Police/adversaries have taken down literally all servers of the authors of the censored files and, at the same time, have access to all of the encryption keys of the authors of the censored files and, at the same time, have taken down internet connections of the general public.
The Ideas that are used in this Version
This version of the Silktorrent is based on the idea that tar-files can be named according to their secure hash and size. Applications that use the Silktorrent system for "networking", write and read the tar-files from some local folder and that folder is then filled with or emptied from tar-files by some Silktorrent "P2P agent". In the simplest case the "P2P agent" can be literally a human, who copies tar-files between a USB-stick and the local folder, but in practice there can be more automated solutions. Due to the fact that the names of the tar-files contain their size and secure hash, it does not matter, which foes help to transport the files. From Silktorrent architecture point of view, it is perfectly OK for the NSA to offer a Dropbox service to privacy advocates, as long as the timing and location based metadata is hidden from the NSA.
Redundancy is achieved by just having a copy of a collection of the tar-files at multiple locations. It's a lot like the software package collections of various Linux distributions. The path, how the software packages reach the computer, copied from a DVD, downloaded from a local server, etc. does not matter. The tar-files can be delivered by pigeons that have memory cards attached to their feet, mail-drones, commuters, who just pick up and dump files through their cellphone WiFi, etc. Silktorrent e-mail or an instant messaging service can be implemented by saving extra records to a separate database, where there is a relation between the tar-file name, recipient ID and suggested-deletion-date. Counter-measures for Denial-of-Service attacks are based on authentication, timing, location(channel).
One of the core ideas of the Silktorrent is that the Silktorrent applications must assume that the location of the tar-file can not be concluded from its name. Silktorrent applications ask for tar-files from agents, who might not have the requested tar-file available and the agents might not even be able to retrieve the requested tar-file. The agents are free to use whatever crazy addressing scheme that they want.
Further Censorship Countermeasures
In practice a relatively short fixed width string, for example, a GUID can be searched from a database table in a fraction of a second. Even the SQLite database engine is that fast. That makes it feasible for people to use a set of one-time ID-s, user-names, with every person that they exchange Silktorrent based e-mails with. An e-mail server tells an e-mail client that it has a set of encrypted blobs that are addressed to Joe, Micky, Jill, Jack and it's up to You to figure out, which one You are. Each e-mail has a suggested-deletion-date attached to it, either in the tar-file, which contains folders
or the e-mail client, which gave the tar-file to the e-mail server, told the e-mail server the suggested-deletion-date. The header contains a file named
which probabilistically guarantees that the size and bit-stream of the payload can not be fully deduced from the tar-file name, forcing censoring parties to download a considerable amount of tar-files that they do not need.
The Silktorrent is Licensed Under the MIT License
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