I'm gonna give my experience and honest opinion from my few days using, and subsequently looking into the Opennic network/dns servers. This is mostly opinion, and a little speculation. But I have been known to look into things a little harder than your average person is interested to. It's my natural skepticism, but it has granted me greater insight about many things others missed.
TLDR: I really believe Opennic is a honeypot. In plain english, that means i think it is a trap put in place to monitor potential criminals on the internet. It would be too long to put all of the red flags, but here are a few.
it claims to be an alternative to the icann domain-pointer system, which I don't believe is truly possible on "the world wide web". Most people know by now that bitcoin/ethereum and Tor are all projects that promised anonymity, and became honeypots themselves. In most country's, servers can be confiscated or at least infiltrated by intelligence, and if any owner trys to defy them, well, I'll just say those projects mysteriously close their doors. I don't have to audit Opennics code to know that it is just an http tunnel, like all dns, it just happens that it goes to a custom server software which resolves new TLDs. But to say its an alternative to icann, I think is misleading. Both ipv4 and ipv6 are designed to operate with their registrar, and if you tunnel through an IP address on that register, you are still giving them authority to log you. Even if the dns server itself is truly non-logging. You would essentially have to set up your own custom mesh network, one which avoided connecting to the world wide web, for this to even theoretically be possible.
It still is 100% functioning, with a multitude of updated servers, even though it's super duper old, and the software is rarely updated. The same can be said about the homepage. There is also a suspicious lack of info on the project, despite it being very old. In my experience, this is often a sign that the feds have taken over the management of said service. I'm just saying what I have observed in the past on various projects. There are only 6 all-time contributors on github, two of which are associated with no other repositories. And it gets even weirder than that.
you may want to stay away, even if you disregard the first two points. One of the TLDs supported, is ".fur". It is for furry based websites. Something you may or may not have picked up on before, these "enthusiasts" are much more than weirdos who goto conventions in childrens costumes. If you were to do a little digging, which I do not recommend, you would find these people like animals. And i mean, they REALLY like animals. And are behind movements to normalize be**tiality. They often share graphic fandom about their animal or chimeric fantasies. Personally I won't support any network that promotes this.
When something acts like a duck, and walks like a duck, it's often the feds. Thats my two cents.
Unlike NextDNS, the OpenNIC Project does not support parental control.
does your electricity provider has parental controls or is it up to your own self to baby-proof the sockets?
Reply written 3 months ago
I like that OpenNIC is a volunteer-operated service and aims to prevent internet censorship, as well as being user-owned. The only problem with it, so far, is that many of its sites don't seem to be active yet.
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