How does Mega plan to distribute decryption keys?

By | October 19, 2012
Another attempt at internet ecosystems

So Kim Dotcom is going to setup Megaupload again – with a twist. Mega will only host client-side-encrypted files, and make the user responsible for sharing the encryption keys through some other mechanism. Like a p2p network, email, hosting them on their own site, or a third-party service. Either way, they're looking towards an ecosystem of services – and that is an important step forward in dealing with data protection not just for the service provider, but also the end user.

So far, systems like Diaspora have not succeeded in light of the convenience of consolidated platforms like Google. So, the big question remains: How will the necessity of an ecosystem affect user uptake of Megaupload, v2?

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5 thoughts on “How does Mega plan to distribute decryption keys?

  1. Sophie Wrobel

    +Jake Weisz  Well, anti-piracy gets big people ticking… that's typical Dotcom. But the real issue behind private networks is putting control of personal data back in the hands of the people, instead of centralized governments / corporations. If that can succeed, there is less risk of data abuse due to corruption somewhere down the line.

  2. Jake Weisz

    That's pretty diabolical. If he gets away with it, it'll be another strong step in proving "anti-piracy" efforts are both pointless and ineffective.

  3. Sophie Wrobel

    +Jake Weisz fixed the link (What happened: wired put "" in the TITLE of the site, and so sharing from mobile puts the wired main site into the link instead of the page I was viewing. Since you can't manually add links when posting from mobile, there isn't even a chance of correcting that).

    Yes, that is the plan – Mega doesn't know what it's storing, so it can't be held responsible. And it can't even run hash algorithms or other such measures to find out if it is storing particular content, so that argument doesn't hold either.

    +Norman Robinson Agree. I'm only curious if Kim Dotcom will be able to make private networks mainstream. That would be a gamechanger.

  4. Norman Robinson

    The beginning of the hidden Internet wasn't because of Kim Dotcom, but he will usher it along. I am hopeful that private networks within existing networks will be common, and everyone will exchange encrypted network traffic in order to get their own networks exchanged; no one knowing what is in it, or having to care.

  5. Jake Weisz

    Your link just goes to Wired's main site.

    Is the plan here that if Mega doesn't know what it's storing, it can't be held responsible for what it's storing?


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