Our vision for the PostScript Project
A Dropbox on the blockchain.
An online file storage system on a decentralized, immutable, incorruptible, hack-proof network of computers, all over the world. Information on the PostScript will not be owned or controlled by a central authority.
There will be no single point of failure — no server to hack, no organization to take legal action against, no individual to threaten.
The PostScript will serve as a safe haven for whatever journalists would like to keep out of reach, without compromising the safety of others or of the information itself.
The second part of the project will make use of smart-contracts. We’d like to create a smart-contract which can be programmed to self-publish the PostScript (or part of it) at a given date and time, come what may.
We’d like to discuss the details further. Questions such as ‘how many times should it be possible to reset the timer?’, or ‘how far into the future should it be able to be set?, are still on the table.
Information will be encrypted and the only way to access it will be using a private key. If the private key is lost or destroyed, there will be no possibility of ever recovering the information.
There is more chance of you choosing an atom in the universe and asking someone to guess which one it was, than deciphering a private key. It’s as close to impossible as can be imagined, without being literally impossible.
Smart contracts are self-executing programmable contracts which exist only as computer code. Investigative journalists will have the ability to set a date and time for their work to be automatically published by the system. Once set, the smart-contract cannot be stopped or deleted.
Another idea would be to make use of oracles to trigger the self-publishing smart-contract. Oracles are computer systems which interpret real-world events.
You could set it up in such a way that it would be triggered only if 10 pre-selected individuals give their go-ahead to the system, or if a heart-rate monitor were to stop registering heartbeats — but we currently see too many risks with this system and would like to explore it further.
There are few things more essential for a functioning democracy than transparency, than ensuring that the people (that’s you and me) have a genuine, uncontaminated supply of truthful information on what is going on in their countries and around the world.
Investigative journalism is the extensive, fact-focused, systematic reporting on issues often hidden from public view. Its purpose, put simply, is to hold people of authority accountable for their actions.
The PostScript system is designed to be a tool to help investigative journalists to their work. It can’t actively stop threats or attacks, but the immutable nature of information stored on the blockchain, paired with the power of a self-publishing PostScript, will serve to at least limit incentive to do so.
You can join our Telegram group if you’d like to give suggestions or join the initiative. We’re open to all who’d like to help.
You can also get in touch via email on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And here’s a link to the PostScript Twitter page, where you can keep track of updates: