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I am currently a software engineer at Google, where as a member of the Android platform team I build frameworks and user interfaces.

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Peer-to-peer email

February 2nd, 2005

ePOST logo The ePOST p2p email system, a project of my research group at Rice, is entering an open beta phase. Anyone can sign up; you’ll get a new email address and some software to run on your own computer, which becomes your own personal email server. Messages between ePOST users are encrypted and secure; messages between an ePOST user and the general Internet are just like any other email.

From the ePOST website:

ePOST is based on the Pastry peer-to-peer overlay, which allows ePOST to scale to large numbers of users. Since ePOST uses a peer-to-peer substrate, there are no dedicated email servers – the function of the email server is distributed over all of the machines in the network. However, the same security and reliability guarantees as existing server-based systems are preserved when using ePOST.

ePOST is designed to be backwards-compatible with existing SMTP-based email systems. In fact, ePOST users can even use their normal email clients to send and receive email, as well as send and receive email from non-ePOST users. Each user is given an email address of userid@location.epostmail.org, which can be used in parallel with or in place of their normal email account.

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