[tbb-bugs] #30029 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Objective 2, Activity 5: POC for Human-memorable addresses for .onion services

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#30029: Objective 2, Activity 5: POC for Human-memorable addresses for .onion
 Reporter:  pili                      |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  project                   |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:
 Keywords:                            |  Actual Points:
Parent ID:  #30281                    |         Points:
 Reviewer:                            |        Sponsor:  Sponsor27-must

Comment (by dkg):

 i agree with cypherpunks that Zooko's triangle is relevant here, and i
 generally really like petnames as the solution to that trilemma.

 But effective petnames depend on persistent local configuration -- the
 user's history with a given site, and their selected petname.  Torbrowser,
 on the other hand, seems to strive to *avoid* persistent local
 configuration, since persistent local configuration has two drawbacks:

  * it leaves records on the local machine of the user's history (a stored
 petname for a particular onion service implies that the user has visited
 that onion service in the past)
  * if network behavior changes at all on the basis of the persistent local
 configuration, it represents a potential tracking/fingerprinting vector
 (not clear that this is an issue for the petname proposal, but it could be
 depending on how the petnames affect torbrowser's user experience).

 For the people advocating petnames, i'd love to see more detail about how
 they plan to balance these tensions.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30029#comment:4>
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