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[dmolnar@belegost.mit.edu: [freehaven-dev] question "anonymous publishing vs. anonymous storage"]

The differences between publishing and storage seem to include:

-- who is able to read the document
	-- with publishing, there is a designated set of readers (subscribers)
	   or a blanket "everyone" that can read
	-- with storage, no assumptions are made about reading; the default	
	   assumption is that the only intended reader is the agent doing the
	   storing in the first place

-- "publishing" tends to denote human-readable material, while "storage" doesn't
    have this connotation

-- "publishing" tends to have a connotation of commitment forever to what is published,
   whereas "storage" does not.  For example, one might say that document X "has been
   published", denoting that it has passed the threshold from private to public
   domain, whereas one wouldn't normally say that document X "has been stored".


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Question :
Is there a difference between anonymous publishing and anonymous storage?

Motivation :
At various points during the semester, we would informally contrast Free
Haven with Freenet by saying "they do anonymous publication, and we do
anonymous storage." OK. I believe it. What does that mean? 
How much of a difference does it make?

Problem with the question to address :

* Needs a definition of "publishing" and "storage"
* It's not clear whether the question asks about the differences in
requirements or the differences in current methods/implementation. 

In the real world, storing some text in a locker is very different from
publishing it via postering an entire building. Both methods, however,
should preserve "integrity," and so this becomes a shared requirement. 

Where to Go :

What is the relationship between this question and "what is the difference
between publishing and storage?" 
Has anyone prevously contrasted publishing and storage?
(it seems like someone must).
Do differences between publishing and storage make one harder to 
render anonymous than the other?
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