There are many great file repositories online: WikiLeaks and The Internet Archive are two prominent examples. Even these two notable sites are centralized, however. This means that censorship-happy governments can and do find ways to attack these sites by going after their founders, servers, or DNS records.
This article describes Exandria, a design for a file library with decentralized ownership. Any owner can vote to add or remove content, making Exandria extremely difficult to censor.
- Searching: users can search filenames
- Downloading: the ability to download files
- Censorship-resistant: it's hard to censor files
- Spam-resistant: it's hard to spam the system
- Zero-configuration: a new user can join the network instantly, without an invite
Many systems have some of these properties, but not all of them. If you know of another system that does or tries to do this, I would love to hear about it!
- The Bitcoin blockchain is used as the canonical data source, containing links to file metadata.
- One writes to the library by burning bitcoins.
- Anyone can read from the library.
- All data is transferred via P2P networks.