If Brexit happens, every brit with a .eu domain will probably lose it [german article, via @sl007] heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Br

Oh hi yes hello, have we talked yet about why DNS is bad and we shouldn't be relying on it for our decentralized networks?

BTW, here is another way to put it, since I think many people here haven't thought about how problematic DNS / SSL CAs are:

1) With DNS, you DO NOT own/control your domain; you lease/rent it. And your landlord can take it away at any time (and this does happen).

(cotd ...)

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2) The reason DNS/SSL are so hard is *because* of the coordination with central authorities.
3) If your address was your key fingerprint, no need for a CA; you already know how to make a secure connection (why .onion does not need https)
4) SSL CAs are as weak as the *weakest* CA in your CA list. It only takes one badly acting CA for you to be man in the middled.
5) DNS and SSL CAs centralize the otherwise decentralized fediverse.

Down with DNS, down with SSL CA cartels.

@cwebber I have some ideas for superseding keys in the case of revocation, upgrade, etc.


About the SSL I agree the whole process is too much when all you want is to encrypt your traffic.

But the idea of having CA that are authenticating the website as belonging to the right company /individual is difficult without centralisation and trusting that/those central authorities.

Sure we could build a web of trust but that will still be centralized in the end.

Exactly! This is why we need a decentralized type of DNS that *we* can control. But how? I recall reading that you couldn't have it all: meaningful, decentralized, and some other thing... :blobconfused: I forgot the rest.

Where to put such a directory? Will a DHT be enough?

Maybe fully distributed is too hard of a goal and we should just sim for decentralized, with supernodes and all that?

Then it looks like a chicken and egg problem... :blob_dizzy_face:

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