Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

ZeroNet

Aug 09, 2019

ZeroNet bills itself as offering "open, free and uncensorable websites, using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network." There are no central servers; rather, users of the network host parts of the network themselves That sounds great, but the darker side of this model is emerging as 8chan, "a website filled with the worst garbage one can find on the internet," is using ZeroNet to host its site, according to this Engadget report. The problem for users is, if they access 8chan over ZeroNet, they may find themselves hosting child pornography or worse on their own computers. Users can avoid the risk if they don't view offensive material in the first place. But that's not how 8chan users roll.

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