FOSDEM 2024:’s innovative approach to I2P networking

In digital networking, the principle of distribution has become a beacon of progress, promising freedom from centralized control and enhanced security through distributed architectures. Prominent among such networks is I2P, an overlay network known for its reliability and anonymity. Recent developments in, presented at the FOSDEM 2024 conference, suggests a paradigm shift in how I2P is perceived and utilized.

Clearing up misconceptions: understanding I2P

Before moving on to look at the new approach, it is important to clear up some misconceptions about I2P. I2P is often called “darknet” by sensationalist media, but I2P works like an overlay network where each node acts as a router. Contrary to popular belief, I2P has no data storage capabilities; it serves solely as a transport node. Messages in I2P are encrypted at multiple layers to ensure confidentiality, and routing through different nodes ensures anonymity.

The concept: simplifying DNS in a distributed landscape

At the heart of’s innovative approach is a fundamental but underappreciated aspect of networking: Domain Name System (DNS). In a distributed environment such as I2P, conventional DNS services are incompatible with the principle of true distribution. Existing solutions rely on centralized components, which undermines network integrity.

Guided by the vision of a fully distributed network without centralized management, proposes a new approach to DNS within I2P. It is recognizing the inadequacy of existing name registries, advocates a blockchain-like system I2P, facilitating trustless interactions and increasing transparency.

Rethinking Trust: An Academic Framework

Within, the principle of trust goes beyond just faith – it is aligned with mathematical principles. By relying on mathematical apparatus and academic research, circumvents the pitfalls of complex, trust-based systems prone to corruption. Moreover, cost functions serve as a defense against abuse, ensuring the integrity of the network.

Looking to the Future: Challenges and Opportunities

While the DNS pilot project has received positive feedback from academia and the global I2P community, but challenges remain. Realizing cost functions and making global state decisions present significant barriers, underscoring the initial nature of the project. Nevertheless, participation and collaboration are encouraged, signaling an open invitation to stakeholders to contribute to the development of the network.

In conclusion,’s innovative approach to DNS within I2P represents a significant step towards a truly distributed network architecture. By redefining trust, leveraging mathematical principles, and providing transparency, is paving the way to a future where true distribution is not just hype, but a tangible reality.

Participation in the project is not just welcome, it is necessary and important to us. As invites stakeholders to join the project, the promise of creating a more sustainable, transparent, and trust-free digital ecosystem leads us forward. Let’s take up the challenge and create the future of truly distributed networks together!


The non-profit association, Switzerland, uses a barrier-free and collaborative approach to create free banking technology for everyone. Open-source technology ensures the privacy of all participants in the financial system of the future. The blockchain-based system is fully distributed. Everyone can participate in is committed to the belief that only commercially free technology can reliably protect user privacy.

Collaboration with the scientific community plays an important role in the development of The results of research are constantly being validated by academic institutions and publicly presented at specialized conferences.


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