It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of my brilliant ideas. So my lucky friends, I share with you my newest one. I think that we (the concerned net geeks that we are) develop an opensource tool that will create a global decentralized blogging network. Think something like the Gnutella p2p network or Bittorrent but instead of allowing the easy trading of media, we support text. Text that is broken up into individual letters, sentences or words… broken up in a way that it wouldn’t be illegal to have the content on your pc in it’s broken up form.
Why would this be useful? First off, take a look on the bottom left of my blog. Under the ad for Pat Murphy you will see an ad for irrepressible.info. This organization is set up as a protest to the suppression of free speech:
Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.
The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world are cracking down on freedom of expression.
Amnesty International, with the support of The Observer UK newspaper, is launching a campaign to show that online or offline the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.
And it’s more than other countries. It’s not inconceivable that in the future our own government will take down blogs or sites they find offensive or illegal.
I don’t want my blog to ever be lost. And I don’t want anyone else’s. If we had a way to host the blogs via a distributed method, that would never happen. The words will always have a home. By setting up this new system, people in other nations can not only read worldwide blogs freely, but they can also write freely as well. Think about how wonderful that would be.
This idea is not only technically feasible, but it is also not very difficult. We should get to work right away!