Interview 1584 – Ernest Hancock and Derrick Slopey on IPFS

by | Oct 12, 2020 | Interviews | 21 comments

Did you know The Corbett Report is on IPFS? Well, you do now! Do you know what that means? Well, you’re about to! (Spoiler: The Corbett Report is now censorship proof resistant).

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  1. This is a great idea! I’m very pleased by you doing this…


    For after the EMP…….
    “… IPoAC may achieve bandwidth peaks of orders of magnitude more than the Internet when used with multiple avian carriers in rural areas. For example: If 16 homing pigeons are given eight 512 GB SD cards each, and take an hour to reach their destination, the throughput of the transfer would be 145.6 Gbit/s, excluding transfer to and from the SD cards….”

    • Also you can loose some Data with “cat”5 Ethernet cable 🙂

  3. by the way. Some or most of the old references/links do not work from the Corbettreport site. Some I have managed to access by typing in the address.

  4. So is this “IPFS” the “Internet 2” for when the i-911 crashes the current internet platform?

    • Its the way to find stuff when the search engines start “non finding” it for you… actual decentralized internet would be something like MESH or Batmann
      Thing is that while HAM’s had access to phone’s over hand held radio decades before Cellular networks existed now they are mostly old people…. I know some who were setting up a MESh but getting non HAM’s involved was not really happening…. unless someone makes an easy non-techie package that people can set up easily the majority will never see a decentralized internet that you dont need an ISP for providing your line.

      The internet for 80% of users is whatever their mobile phone connects to…which is why phone providers set up your default browser and settings

      • Well I have my research cut out for me. Definitely going to go through the PDF on MESH networks. thanks

        • Jermaine
          there is probably better sources, I just did a quick search.
          If your US based getting a Ham radio license is as easy as memorizing the question pool (they publish them online) and taking the test at a club.
          I would bet that if you can find a club with people young enough to actually do stuff you could get a network going.

        • Jermaine, below is a link to, a conference where many meshnet protocol folks unite to discuss… protocols. Anywho, the site links to many of the protocols where you can follow the work and dig into what is going on there. I found watching past battlemesh videos of the conferences to be very useful also.

  5. I am glad IPFS was explained in somewhat layman terms.

    I really appreciate Ernie and his friends. They are solid. True activists. They walk the talk.

  6. Hats off to Derrick and Ernest with IPFS! An important piece to the puzzle of communications problems we face today and certainly in the future.

  7. This is mostly for archival purposes. The “main” will retain full functionality.

  8. Thanks for the deeper dive into IPFS. I was not aware of the IPNS layer, but now I am thanks to your discussion. Looking forward to the future developments of this family of protocols.

  9. Great stuff, I would certainly like the option to be able to buy a Raspberry Pi and an archival drive from the store.

    It would also be interesting to see a platform like BOINC developed for libertarian purposes,

    For those not familiar with it, it allows people to install a “screensaver” that allows them to donate their spare computing power to scientific projects (you get to choose which projects you support from a preset list)

    From their site …

    “Install BOINC
    BOINC is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects like SETI@home,, Rosetta@home, World Community Grid, and many others. After installing BOINC on your computer, you can connect it to as many of these projects as you like.”

    With climate change on the list, they are obviously part of the establishment but I’m sure the concept could be borrowed. Ease of installing, a nice screensaver that gives you some stats on what your computer is up to and simple slider controls that allow you to specify how many resources you wish to donate then I’m sure there would be more people willing to host IPFS peers for example.

  10. My friend and I are looking into raising homing pigeons as a last resort for communication.

  11. Remember in 1984 when Wilson would go into the bars trying to find anyone that remembered what it was like in the past? Could it be the reason they are killing off the older people so there will be no one left alive to tell how it use to be when we were a free people. That there was a time when the Government did not watch your every action and listened to your every word.
    They have stopped teaching cursive and I know 21 year
    old ‘s that cursive looks like a foreign language to them. The Constitution is written in cursive and you can’t defend what you don’t know you have.

  12. If you share a directory containing all of your files, then something like the following should work.

    You can use the following to add a directory to IPFS (here site_directory contains the index.html and the remaining site structure)

    ipfs add -r site_directory/

    Doing so should give you a HASH for each file and the directory itself. Then you need to publish that directory hash with

    ipfs name publish --key=self HASH

    Running this command, after a while tells you that it published to /ipfs/HASH2 from where we go back to the URL built on the top. Another option is to use ipns to give that directory a long lasting name, that won’t change every time the site is updated. That is, the IPNS hash remains the same, while the IPFS hash is updated and relinked.

    Here’s my working example, which should be somewhat accessible. It may take a while, especially after only initially publishing it.

  13. This is a good article.
    Weird that the author doesn’t bother with capitalization but it doesn’t take anything away for me. New trend I guess.
    I think that he/she accurately describes how we get the internet we ask for. Just like politicians. We only have ourselves to blame.
    As long as we play the game.

    “it’s time we abandoned the misbegotten idea of “too important to be left to free markets” and realized that creating the real public square, commerce, money, and internet are too important NOT to be left to free markets. there is no one we can trust to control these systems, so we must design systems that are not controlled by anyone.“

  14. I’ve been thinking about uploading a simple website to IPFS so came here to check out the Corbett Report version. The link – ipns://k2k4r8jllj4k33jxoa4vaeleqkrwu8b7tqz7tgczhptbfkhqr2i280fm/ – now goes to a 500 Internal Server Error page which gives me reason to rethink my plans.

    Has anybody got any ideas what could cause this error? I thought IPFS would make a site immutable – unless overwritten by the uploader.

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