Make Ourselves a GNU Internet

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Make Ourselves a GNU Internet
The past year has been a rollercoaster for us, moving out of the fringe of the paranoids into the spotlight of the purveyors of reasonably secure solutions.

#youbroketheinternet is an initiative to foster and form an architecture that implements a parallel private internet and cuts out the middle man. By addressing the most difficult of use cases being scalable social communications and data exchanges, we aim to foster a comprehensive solution for privacy, scalability and usability. The new Internet stack is supposed to provide actual intimacy when exchanging mail, messaging and telephony but also be confidential for conferencing and social networking.

The Secrecy of Correspondence isn't just a fundamental right, it's an essential requirement for a fully functional democracy. Yet in the past twenty years, by slowly migrating our habits towards e-mail and SMS, humanity has corroded one of the foundations of liberty on a worldwide scale. #youbroketheinternet aims to bundle technologies that recreate this basic foundation of liberty.

#youbroketheinternet organizes meetings and collaboration of software projects that implement these missing services and promote their large scale adoption. A substantial number of projects already exist that purport to fulfill these goals. We have placed them on a common architectural map. Each of them provides some pieces of the challenge, to deliver a complete solution with regards to privacy, scalability and usability. Therefore, #youbroketheinternet will not be yet another project to build the ideal system from scratch, but rather it will integrate, re-use, and motivate existing projects to work towards the common goal of providing an alternative Internet protocol stack.

Yet, there is a difference to several similarly sounding projects: By requiring the protection of the social graph an absolute requirement, we find ourselves looking at technologies that implement obfuscated public-key based routing and end-to-end cryptography by default. I will go very deep into technical details.
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carlo von lynX
Technology Bio

Fascinated by Internet chat, Carlo contributed to IRC. Realizing it had reached its technical and political limits, he embarked on a journey to find the holy grail of communication protocols.

Around 1995, Internet business took off. Carlo developed content management systems and content delivery networks for sites such as,, Contemporaneously he published the drafts for a federated protocol called PSYC.

Making money using PSYC turned out much easier then getting the attention of the Open Source community, so the release was delayed and a software named Jabber won the race. Back then servers were safe and sniffing other people's messages was unethical.

At some point in the 2000s Carlo realized that the HTTPS/X.509 certification system was hopelessly unsafe, so he conceived the Certificate Patrol add-on for Firefox that helps catching the man in the middle on the spot.

Since the revelations of summer 2013 Carlo has been organizing #youbroketheinternet events, bringing people together that would like to rewrite a GNU Internet.

Political Bio

When Carlo joined the Piratenpartei in 2009, there was already this vision in the air.. Pirates speaking of Liquid Democracy. The next year it got introduced and Carlo was among the first to use the technology in writing a participatory election programme. It made the Pirates different from any other political party: All had contributed, all were authors, not just sympathisers. This gave them a whole different kind of boost. Each one competent in every detail and boasting with motivation.

The outcome was 8,9 percent of the Berlin vote, 15 seats in parliament, 13% in polls for upcoming national elections. In a survey Berliner Pirates said Liquid Democracy was the number one ingredient to their success. Since then, Carlo has been touring Italy; promoting, deploying and explaining the Liquid Feedback technology in the Italian Pirate Party and other interested groups.

He has been authoring some law proposals at the Italian Chamber of Representatives on the topics of governmental transparency and collecting society reform. The newest law proposal is about enforcing the Secrecy of Correspondence in all telecommunication devices.




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