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Kevin Froman 2 years ago
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Onionr ("Onion Relay") is a decentralized/distributed peer-to-peer communication network, designed to be anonymous and resistant to (meta)data analysis, spam, and corruption.
Onionr stores data in independent packages referred to as 'blocks'. The blocks are synced to all other nodes in the network. Blocks and user IDs cannot be easily proven to have been created by a particular user. Even if there is enough evidence to believe that a specific user created a block, nodes still operate behind Tor or I2P and as such cannot be trivially unmasked.
Onionr stores data in independent packages referred to as 'blocks'. The blocks are synced to all other nodes in the network. Blocks and user IDs cannot be easily proven to have been created by a particular user. Even if there is enough evidence to believe that a specific user created a block, nodes still operate behind Tor or I2P and as such cannot be trivially unmasked. The anonymity is achieved by a stateless network with no given indication of what node a block came from or even the user ID.
Through long-term traffic analysis, a well funded adversary may discover the most probable node(s) to be creating a set of related blocks, however doing so would only lead them to a node behind Tor or I2P. As the first node that a block appears on is almost always not the creator of the block, there is plausible deniability regarding the true creator of the block.
Users are identified by ed25519/curve25519 public keys, which can be used to sign blocks or send encrypted data.

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