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[ih] Internet History Lives on the Internet?

Take a look at overdrive.com - it's a portal mechanism to "more than
30,000 libraries in 40+ countries".? My own library, in tiny Nevada
County in California, is hooked up to Overdrive.? I've borrowed hundreds
of books, with a 3-week loan for each.? Occasionally I have to wait for
a copy to be returned before I can borrow it, or put a title on their
suggestion list and wait until they purchase it.?

It takes seconds to borrow a book and have it available on whatever
reading devices you happen to have, and the infrastructure also "syncs"
your reading between devices.? So you can read a book on your Kindle,
put it down, and later pick up your phone, tablet, laptop, et al and
continue reading from where you left off.?? Pretty nice.? It's hooked in
with the Amazon/Kindle infrastructure, and maybe others too, which
enforce the lending rules.? (Not sure how resistant it is to a motivated
and talented hacker)?

Some items are available in Kindle format, or EPub, or PDF, or some
combination.? It even includes audiobooks and videos, although I've only
used it for books.

It all works very well.? It's even free.? All you need is your library
card from your local library.?? The BPL is a member, so if you have a
BPL library card that's all you need.

That particular wheel has been around for a while....


On 2/25/19 9:33 AM, John Day wrote:
> Not really related to this discussion. ?The head of the Internet
> Archive and the head of Boston Public Library were on Boston Public
> Radio last week. They were announcing a cooperation where you can
> check-out material in the BPL collection through the Internet Archive
> and only one person has access to the material at a time. Just like it
> was checked out. ?What I didn?t hear them talk about was when the
> ?book? or whatever is returned, how is it they ensure the borrower
> doesn?t still have a copy?
> Any thoughts?
> John
>> On Feb 25, 2019, at 11:14, Andrew G. Malis <agmalis at gmail.com
>> <mailto:agmalis at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Jack,
>> In addition to the Internet Archive (already mentioned), you should
>> also check out?https://decentralizedweb.net
>> <https://decentralizedweb.net/> .
>> Cheers,
>> Andy
>> On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 9:58 PM Jack Haverty <jack at 3kitty.org
>> <mailto:jack at 3kitty.org>> wrote:
>>     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 ponder.?
>>     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.
>>     /Jack
>>     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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