Amidst all the discussion of alternative uses of blockchains, it is often forgotten that the very first fork of Bitcoin, Namecoin, pursued a daring vision for a decentralized, censorship-resistant internet. Greg Slepak, co-founder of the okTurtles Foundation joined us for an interesting discussion of DNS, Namecoin and how blockchains can be used to decentralize the internet.
Topics covered included:
- What DNS is and the role it plays in the architecture of the internet
- What man-in-the-middle attacks are and why certificate authorities offer poor protection
- How certificate authorities, SSL, IP routing and VPNs work
- Why the current model is broken from a privacy and security perspective
- How Namecoin and the blockchain could enable a decentralized and more secure internet
- The security risks when online identity is tied to a private key and how they could be mitigated
- What DNSChain is and what projects okTurtles is working on
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Ledger Nano: Smart card security for your Bitcoins - Get 10% off your first order when you use the code EB09 at http://ledgerwallet.com (valid until 09/30/15)
- CoinCap: Crypto-currency market cap rankings, charts, and more http://coincap.io
Epicenter Bitcoin is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture.