Jeremie Miller Wants To Crack The Future of Distributed Hash With Telehash
Jeremie Miller has been working on Telehash for approximately five years, mostly as a research project into distributed hash tables and other problems like how to connect people peer-to-peer. In its most recent version, Telehash utilizes the strongest cryptographic protocols to ensure its user’s privacy.
Miller wants to build Telehash into a complex of communication apps that function like normal communications apps, but based upon a fundamental layer of privacy, with the assurance that the messages being sent go straight to the person for whom they were meantand nobody else.
There are no companies the messages are shared with nor a server. The same goes for media streaming on Telehash. You will be in control of your media. Other than this, the application will function like other messaging platforms.
Instant messaging, chat, full social network patterns – Telehash wants to solve all of the problems the modern versions of these communication mediums. Distribution is central to Miller’s vision. He tells me it’s important for two things.
“Fundamentally decentralized protocols have much stronger privacy qualities,” he tells Hacked.
And it’s much easier to grow dynamically, adjusting to local conditions and evolving independently as needed.
Telehash is under the Creative Commons Public Domain. Miller, who grew up on a rural farm in Iowa, but recently moved to Denver, defends his decision to place his intellectual property in the Creative Commons.
I believe protocols cannot be owned in principle, they are always just a social agreement, and the licensing should reflect that.
The Telehash protocol, he says, is quite mature.
“Having evolved over more than five years now, and stabilized at the latest version 3 earlier this year, I don’t expect major or breaking changes for a few years now,” Miller says. “The implementations of version 3 are relatively young by comparison, only six months old, but are being built from the ground up to be stable well supported for years to come.” Jeremie Miller has worked on the Locker Project in the past, before dedicating his time to Telehash.
“The Locker Project was an attempt years ago to build an open-source platform for gathering and managing personal data and intended to use telehash as a built-in sharing mechanism,” he told Hacked. “It’s essential dependency on 3rd party APIs for data made it difficult to maintain/grow, but thankfully there are many projects that have carried the dream forward even better.”
When I ask him what decentralization means to him, something I try to ask most of the people with whom I speak, he tells me he doesn’t like the term “de-centralized.”
I prefer the term “distributed” over “de-centralized” as distributed provides a positive concept versus a negation based one. Distributed architecture is the closest to how humans and nature communicate in the non-digital world, that’s what it means to me.
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