Ablative Hosting was originally incorporated to be the first 'domino' in a chain of shell companies whose sole purpose was to frustrate a tabled amendment to the Digital Economy Bill 2017.
This amendment would compel Auxillary Service Providers (ISPs) to terminate a customer if they were hosting adult material without complying to the Age Verification mandates. If the ASP did not comply with they would be in breach of the legislation and could be further compelled by a Court Order.
Ablative Hosting therefore was designed to consume the time and money of the Court and Age Verification Regulator only to disolve and pass all customers to the next domino thus causing the Regulator to start their censorious work all over again.
Thankfully this amendment was removed and web hosts will not be forced to terminate customers, however ASPs can still be forced to hand over the details of their customers and ISPs can be forced to censor/block access to blacklisted websites.
With this in mind Ablative Hosting will be offering web hosting designed to circumvent Government censorship. It does this by enabling SSL for free (as some censorship software will permit SSL traffic rather than break the connection entirely) and also enables Tor Project Onion services (a.k.a Darknet hosting.)
Onion/Hidden/Darknet services cannot be censored or blocked at all.
The service is available in two modes:
Single Hop Onion: Only uses a single hop into the Tor network which reduces anonymity but greatly increases response times etc. Ideal for when you want to host a clearnet website but have censorship resiliance.
Multi Hop Onion: Uses the full 3 hop functionality of the Tor Network to ensure the anonymity of both yourself and the physical location of the server. This is commonly referred to as the "DarkNet" or "hidden services". We prefer the term "Multi-hop onion".
Uncensorable websites present an ethical problem. I believe that free speach is very important but likewise I don't want to provide a platform to those who would see me and mine, my neighbours or my friends come to harm.
To that end I would like to try an experiment. I would like to crowd source the Acceptable Usage Policy (and to a lesser degree the Terms and Conditions) for the Ablative Hosting platform.
I want to help marginalised communities flower, I want to help those without a voice be heard, I want to help those whose stories get shutdown by lawyers who misuse the DMCA, I want to help the indie model or aspiring director publish their material no matter how niche or esoteric.
For those angered by my being no better than the Government I would encourage you to remember XKCD 1357 and to build your own hosting company. The more the better.
Terms and Conditions
Customers may cancel the service at any time before their next billing date. There is no minimum service period but pre-paid credit made via a crypto-currency is non-refundable.
Late payments will result in suspension followed by deletion of user accounts, virtual machines, disk images, backups etc.
Ablative Hosting will endeavour to provide an operational service at all times however the service is provided with no agreed service level. Ablative Hosting shall not be held liable for any damages or injuries resulting from non-availability of service or any actions performed by or on behalf of customers.
Anonymity of multi-hop service elements (server security, httpd configuration, fingerprintable services etc) is guaranteed. Any loss of customer anonymity caused by negligence on the part of Ablative Hosting will be compensated with the equivilant of 1 years fiat costs, payable via Bitcoin.
Customers must not attempt to undermine any implicit or explict system constraints (e.g. disk quotas or guest-to-host escapes) to the detriment of the service or other customers.
Ablative Hosting reserve the right to suspend or cancel the Service at any time, if continuing to provide the Service threatens our ability to provide good service to other customers.
Customers agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Ablative Hosting and any Affiliates harmless from and against any and all claims and liabilities arising from your use of the services (including any actions by your users).
Customers are encouraged to provide as little personally identifiable information as possible, however if information is provided customers must;
- Ensure any information provided is accurate;
- Understand that such information may have to be surrendered to a competent (UK) law enforcement agency or comptent (UK) court;
- If an email address is provided customers must read any email sent to this address
Customers are responsible for all use of the service and confirms that they are aware of their responsibilities under UK legislation.
Customers accept that they are the operator of any websites hosted using the Ablative Hosting service.
Acceptable Use Policy
Customers must not publish unacceptable content or content that is, in and of itself is illegal.
Unacceptable content can be defined as (but not limited to);
- Material published without consent of all the human persons depicted
- Material or information that incites discrimination, hate or violence towards one person or a group because of their belonging to a race, a religion, a nation, sexuality, or gender identity.
Customers are discouraged from publicly acknowledging their use of Ablative Hosting if using the multi-hop onion service. (This is simply to frustrate spurious take down requests)