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Re: FS's anonimity levels in other applications

From: Christian Grothoff
Subject: Re: FS's anonimity levels in other applications
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:48:56 +0200
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Hi Alessio,

I don't see how the anonymity level of FS can possibly be
abstracted/used in other services. The anonymity level tries to capture
the available cover traffic, and only traffic that is basically
"indistinguishable" in terms of the origin should count. As (for
example) CADET messages identify the origin, they cannot reasonably use
that notion.

We do want to eventually build an onion-routing/anonymization layer with
CADET-like semantics, but that work has not yet started in earnest --
and I think we really ought to get out the bugs in the existing code
before starting bigger new developments.

my 2 cents


On 10/17/20 6:30 PM, Alessio Vanni wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a simple question: can the whole "anonimity level" mechanism used
> by FS be "abstracted" so that other unrelated applications can use it,
> or is it deeply connected with FS's architecture?
> I can think of a few applications that might want to use it instead of
> using e.g. CADET as-is, so it would be nice to have a library/service
> implementing it.
> However, FS is a black box to me, so I'm not able to tell if the
> mechanism can actually be extracted or not.
> Thanks,
> A.V.

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