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The Free Haven Project

The Free Haven Project intends to deploy a system that provides a good infrastructure for anonymous publication. Elements of this system include:

  • the publisher of a given document remains unknown
  • clients requesting the document do not have to identify themselves
  • the current location of the document is not known
The overall design is based on a community of servers (which as a whole is termed the "servnet") where each server hosts data from the other servers in exchange for the opportunity to store data of its own in the servnet. Communication (both between the servers and between the servnet and readers) relies on an existing mixnet infrastructure to provide an anonymous channel.

The system is designed to store data without concern for its popularity or controversial nature. Free Haven is designed more for anonymity and persistence of documents than for frequent querying. It is expected that in many cases, interesting material will be retrieved from the system and published in a more available fashion (such as normal web pages). Then the document in the servnet would only need to be accessed if the other sources were shut down. A number of white papers are available onsite.

Date Listed: 10/14/2000