This pet craved for freedom for a while. To celebrate the day and millenium's end, I let it go.
december 23rd 2000
The aim of the Askemos project is to enable reliable and justiciable data processing, with the goal of producing "Software that can last 200 years."
The first implementations of an Askemos peer
can be obtained from ball.askemos.org.
The Askemos web site itself is served from the Askemos/BALL development network.
Follow here for more details.
Note that Askemos concerns the abstract specification exclusively;
including data formats, protocols, service interfaces
etc. - not the actual implementations.
and byzantine replication
of communicating processes.
Physical machines under control of their operators
execute applications processes under
permanent multilateral audit.
honest majority of hosts
provides users with exclusive
control, and thus real ownership of processes.
Askemos models a kind of "virtual constitutional state"
where physical hosts bear witness
to the interactions of virtual agents (akin to citizens).
Self verifying identifiers
can confirm that original documents have not been tampered with.
The real potential for using Askemos is for identity and time stamp services, information management in public administration, and libraries attaching meta data and archives.
with the goal of establishing
robust systems that can truly endure for centuries.
German tax law, for instance, has storage requirements, which make Askemos
interesting even for private, individual.
Activist groups, non-profits and people who need privacy and reliability in a world becoming increasingly more hostile to their activities could gain a benefit.
- White Paper
- Askemos - a distributed settlement
- Legal Certainty in Cyberspace