Namecoin is an experimental open-source technology which improves decentralization, security, censorship resistance, privacy, and speed of certain components of the Internet infrastructure such as DNS and identities. (For the technically minded, Namecoin is a key/value pair registration and transfer system based on the Bitcoin technology.)
What can Namecoin be used for? -Protect free-speech rights online by making the web more resistant to censorship. -Attach identity information such as GPG and OTR keys and email, Bitcoin, and Bitmessage addresses to an identity of your choice. -Human-meaningful Tor .onion domains. -Decentralized TLS (HTTPS) certificate validation, backed by blockchain consensus. -Access websites using the .bit top-level domain. -Proposed ideas such as file signatures, voting, bonds/stocks/shares, web of trust, notary services, and proof of existence. (To be implemented.)
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