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[ih] Internet History Lives on the Internet?

True, but I think a first step is a persistent crowd-sourced public
store, which is what I described.??? Perhaps "restricted" material could
be simply stored encrypted, and thus visible in search engines and
accessible only to people with the appropriate key, or maybe
"permission" credentials.? Volunteers might be reluctant to participate
if that became too common.?

There's also other considerations, e.g., tracking the provenance of an
item, so you can tell whether or not something is authentic, where it
came from, when it was created, etc. ? Probably many more such things to

IMHO those kinds of capabilities could be add-ons to a persistent store
as meta-data mechanisms, possibly many of them all independent,
associating their metadata with items in the warehouse by some kind of
unique ID - perhaps just a large-enough hash of each of the contents.??
They could be added as someone gets interested in doing so.

Anybody could build a metadata mechanism "on top of" the persistent
store.?? Some might be built by volunteers and free, others by
corporations and for sale.? This is almost what the Web is, except that
the Web store isn't persistent - things on the Web disappear without
warning.?? Someone might put a web site "in front of" the persistent
store and use today's web tools pretty much as is to access materials
stored there.


On 2/24/19 4:07 PM, Vint Cerf wrote:
> not all data that we might want to preserve needs to be publicly
> accessible.
> v
> On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 6:23 PM Jack Haverty <jack at 3kitty.org
> <mailto:jack at 3kitty.org>> wrote:
>     I don't know much about SOLID, but it appears to be addressing the
>     problem of handling individuals' personal private data, and
>     controlling who can access it.?? What I described was somewhat of
>     the inverse - making data public, survivable, and accessible to
>     everyone.? But maybe there's overlap in any implementation.?
>     Certainly there are lots of pieces already in place somewhere, as
>     evidenced by the success of viruses, pirated videos, and the like.
>     The Internet has made possible new sorts of social mechanisms.?
>     What I'm imagining is more like applying Internet-style
>     "crowd-funding" to the problem of a historical archive, where
>     people contribute cycles and bytes rather than euros and dollars.??
>     That wasn't possible pre-Internet, but it is now.?? Thinking
>     "outside the box" is a lot easier.? The Internet made the box much
>     bigger....
>     /Jack
>     On 2/24/19 2:45 PM, Vint Cerf wrote:
>>     isn't that what SOLID is supposed to do?
>>     v
>>     On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 1:47 PM Jack Haverty <jack at 3kitty.org
>>     <mailto:jack at 3kitty.org>> wrote:
>>         [Changed the subject line]
>>         I read the recent messages on the forum just before going to
>>         sleep, and
>>         then I had a dream....literally.
>>         There's a whole different perspective on Internet History
>>         that might be
>>         very revealing.? Instead of questions like "Who built the
>>         Internet?",
>>         perhaps also ask "Who paid for the Internet?"? If historians
>>         "followed
>>         the money" like many other investigators, they might find some
>>         interesting insights.? I didn't realize until today that the
>>         IETF is
>>         funded by ... Me!?? Through my payments for my .org domain,
>>         maybe by now
>>         I've paid for an urn or two of coffee at an IETF meeting.
>>         But my dream was of how to fund some kind of Internet
>>         repository of
>>         historical materials, not subject to the management whims or
>>         financial
>>         success of an "institution".?? My dream reminded me that such
>>         mechanisms
>>         already exist, have been running at scale for years, are
>>         self-funded,
>>         and seem essentially impossible to excise even when
>>         governments or
>>         industry giants try to do so.
>>         My dream is of a Benevolent BotNet (apologies to my alma
>>         mater, BBN).?
>>         Instead of hosting and propagating malware and viruses, or
>>         stealing
>>         computer cycle to mine cryptocurrency, the BBN would simply
>>         store,
>>         replicate, and distribute historical materials on demand.? No
>>         doubt
>>         Richard's comment on Pirate Bay triggered this part of the dream.
>>         Such technology obviously exists, and survives despite
>>         serious efforts
>>         to eradicate it.? Where the Internet was coopted for evil,
>>         perhaps the
>>         evil could be coopted for good?
>>         Maybe even better would be a mechanism that didn't rely on
>>         theft and
>>         subterfuge at all.? Perhaps something akin to the SETI
>>         mechanisms, where
>>         people voluntarily donate their computer resources to analyze
>>         radio
>>         signals, by simply downloading a piece of code and allowing
>>         it to run on
>>         their computers.
>>         So, my dream was that some new software appears, which is freely
>>         downloaded by thousands or millions of people around the
>>         world, which
>>         uses a few GB of the disk on their machines, and stores
>>         historical
>>         material in a redundant, highly survivable, persistent,
>>         distrubuted
>>         historical warehouse.?? One, or many, search engines (go
>>         Google!, Bing!,
>>         DuckDuckGo!) would allow people to find material in the
>>         warehouse.??
>>         Anyone could contribute material to the historical archive by
>>         simply
>>         placing a copy into the disk area of their machine that
>>         they've shared,
>>         from where it would be automatically distributed and replicated.
>>         Perhaps this is one or more apps that can be downloaded.? Or
>>         perhaps a
>>         plug in or extension to popular browsers.? Or maybe an
>>         addition to
>>         existing mechanisms like BitTorrent.? Much of the code
>>         already exists,
>>         as evidenced by the millions of computers unwittingly
>>         participating in a
>>         Botnet, or willingly running code like SETI.
>>         Dave's offer of disk space is just the start.? I suspect many
>>         people
>>         would contribute some unused chunk of their computers and network
>>         capacity.? I have a few Terabytes on my NAS that are empty...you
>>         probably do too.?? With enough participants, the BBN becomes
>>         self-suficient even as people come and go.
>>         All it would seem to take is for someone to sit down and
>>         write the
>>         code....in the classic Internet spirit of Rough Consensus and
>>         Running Code.
>>         Dave....?
>>         /Jack Haverty
>>         On 2/24/19 7:42 AM, Dave Taht wrote:
>>         > Joe Touch <touch at strayalpha.com
>>         <mailto:touch at strayalpha.com>> writes:
>>         >
>>         >> On Feb 23, 2019, at 12:42 PM, Jack Haverty
>>         <jack at 3kitty.org <mailto:jack at 3kitty.org>> wrote:
>>         >>
>>         >>? ? ?But "internet-history at postel.org
>>         <mailto:internet-history at postel.org>", and others like it,
>>         even RFC
>>         >>? ? ?repositories, likely exist at the whim of their sponsor.
>>         >>
>>         >> Indeed - even assuming volunteers run them - they?re?s
>>         still the issue
>>         >> of hosting and net access.
>>         >>
>>         >> I have old repositories (end2end-interest, for one) that
>>         even the ISOC
>>         >> has declined to host (even though the E2E-RG originated
>>         there).
>>         >>
>>         >> Then again, if you want to see the worst of ?free riders?,
>>         go attend
>>         >> an IETF. Companies send armies there for free training and
>>         free
>>         >> consulting.
>>         >>
>>         >> PS - speaking as list admin, if anyone wants to offer a
>>         place to host
>>         >> this list more reliably and archivally, please do let me
>>         know (contact
>>         >> me directly off-list).
>>         > My email list server currently lives on linode in the
>>         cloud. The cost is
>>         > $5/month for 25GB of SSD storage. (
>>         https://www.linode.com/pricing
>>         > ). Has IPv6 and IPv4. It's paid for via a patreon donation.
>>         >
>>         > It's not like I'm using much of that box - or the bandwidth
>>         available -
>>         > how big are these archives?
>>         >
>>         > I wouldn't mind sharing that existing list server, but I
>>         long ago
>>         > switched to violating whatever RFC it was that said
>>         starttls was a
>>         > "should" - to *mandate* starttls only - which cuts down on
>>         spam (and
>>         > sigh, about 13% of my measured potential correspondents,
>>         still). The
>>         > biggest administrative cost I'd had was dealing with spam.
>>         >
>>         > If that's not an acceptable policy for these
>>         lists/archives, well, go
>>         > burn the 5 bucks/mo on yer own.
>>         >
>>         >
>>         >> Joe
>>         >>
>>         >>
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