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hnet - an experimental decentralized and anonymous database

hnet spreads small amounts of data across several non-traditional storage engines such as images, gists, pastebin, twitter streams, irc chat rooms, etc...

hnet is ideal for distributing small amounts of state anonymously. By design, it is not reliable, fast, or consistent.

An ideal use-case for hnet would be storing sets of IP addresses and ports for servers.

How does it work?

hnet uses couchiris at top

img of db layout

another img of client getting data

description of data format

basic linking

basic circular dep linking

hnet protocol

arbitrary data

{ "foo": "bar", "tar": "val" }
{ "foo": "boo", "something": ["a","b","c"] }
{ "foo": "bar", "tar": "val" }

JSON-RPC commands

hnet supports JSON-RPC.

{ "foo": "boo", "something": ["a","b","c"] }
{ "method": "link", params: [ { "type": "couch", "uri": ""} ] }
{ "method": "link", params: [ { "type": "gist",  "uri": ""}, "cypher":"CaesarZalgo" ] }
{ "foo": "bar", "tar": "val" }

hnet protocol methods


params: type, uri

the link method indicates that we should lazily link this document from a remote dataset

hnet protocol params


the type of dataset we are going to load

ex: couch, gist, imgur, irc, etc..


the uri of the dataet. i.e., the location


cypher ( optional )

the cryptology cypher the dataset is encoded in

ex: CaesarZalgo


  • Finish pluggable crypto system
  • Create basic implementation for Hnet.set
  • Add additional engines for:
    • Image Stenography
    • PasteBin
    • Reddit
    • Imgur
    • Hacker News deadlink jail
    • Twitter
    • IRC
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