BitDust is a distributed on-line storage and communication network platform where only data owner posses full access to his personal data.
Imagine a situation when two friends and you agree to help each other to store the data. On your computer you store the data that both of your friends uploaded to you via Internet, and you in turn can use the free space on their machines to save your files. This creates redundancy, but allows storing important data in a safer way. It is also a fair deal, because all three are interested in the maximum safety and availability of stored information.
BitDust network is a voluntary association of people sharing resources of their personal computers. Their machines run the same copies of BitDust program, which enables device communication via Internet when data are transmitted directly from one user to another and stored on user's disk drives.
Uploaded input data is divided into blocks and fragments, encrypted and transferred to other users computers. The system is designed to perform continuous monitoring of each node, which stores your data.
The BitDust program constantly keeps a state, which enables you to download your data back to your machine at any moment. The mechanism of automatic data restoring allows dynamic reassembling of the data fragments uploaded into the network on the new nodes without any action from the user.
Current project stage is about to only research opportunities of building a holistic eco-system that protects your privacy in the network by establishing p2p communications of users and maximize distribution of information flows in the network.
At the moment exists a very limited alpha version of the BitDust software. We decided to publish those earlier works to verify/test/share our ideas and experiments with other people.