Even though they’ve put some good stuff out there, I’m no fan of Wikileaks. That said, they’ve apparently helped initiate a great plan to counter government control of the internet as threatened by Obama’s jack booted goons in recent months. According to New Scientist, the internet basically relies on 13 DNS root servers scattered across the globe that carry the web addresses of every page. In simple terms, if global net regulator ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) decides a site is illegal, it just takes down the address on which ever of the 13 main servers it is stored on, and that’s the end of it.
The alternative web idea kicked off with a tweet on 28 November: “Hello all ISPs of the world. We’re going to add a new competing root-server since we’re tired of ICANN. Please contact me to help.” The message was from Peter Sunde, an anti-copyright activist based in Sweden and one of the founders of The Pirate Bay website.
Basically the idea is to allow a huge number of personal computers rather than the thirteen servers to store the net addresses. Much in the way peer to peer file sharing works. There won’t be central servers. Each personal computer will hold a number of addresses, and they will therefore be beyond the control of the authorities.
Sounds like a good plan in view of ever increasing threats by authoritarian governments to control web content.