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Greg Jones

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Ethical botnets

If ethical botnets could be created, would you participate? If a million people were to give up a 20 gig partition on their windows, apple or linux pc, what could be achieved? Could the botnet be utilized for research, crime fighting, climate reporting, problem solving? (the list goes on). Would internet users let ethical hackers take control of their volunteered hard drive partition during sleeping or down time hours? How could scientists utilize an ethical botnet, consisting of millions of computers? Could vast projects and very complex problems be resolved collectively, utilizing the ethical botnet? Would it require strict safeguards , encryption, guidelines or even governmental legislation and, or, oversight by a governing body? What would, or could be the incentive for participating in the vast project?


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    Nov 28 2013: In my line of work (3D graphics) it starts to emerge (rendering images over a distributed network / cloud) and already makes my life a lot easier, and thus speeds up my work / progress. So I guess this also applies to other disciplines. It would be great however if this technique can be more open source.

    However, i'm not a network specialist of any kind, but I guess you should be able to 'sign in' to certain projects where you want to participate, and 'pull the plug' and work localy whenever you want.


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