Roman Karshiev, one of the most active ZeroNet users and activists, known as email@example.com, has passed away.
He was the owner of a lot of zites and also ran a popular Russian forum in the Clearnet. Here are his zites (and maybe I missed some):
- Unlimit Talk
- ZeroNet Ideas Talk
- RU Kinozal
- Храм Информационного Фронтира
- Balancer's Blog (EN)
- Politics & Social @ Balancer
- USSR-Russia. 1988-2018
- ZeroMe profile
- Balancer's Blog
- СССР-Россия. 1988-2018
- Россия, 1990-е
- Мемуары Balancer'а
He believed in the future of the P2P technologies, that can bring more freedom to the people all over the world. And in particular, he was a great Zeronet promoter. He was a nice person as well. His enthusiasm and optimism were really inspiring for people around.
He criticized some P2P solutions for being too unreliable, and he saw a great advantage of ZeroNet in being able to keep the data forever. No matter, how many years passed, in which planet people live, and what kind of internet they use, zites will probably still able to work fine.
"When I die, my ZeroNet blog will be the only digital trace of mine, that doesn't depend on any 3rd party services, companies or persons, and will have been surviving for many years. If my work is worthy of something, people will keep, read and use my zites." - that is what he and I both agreed in. When we talked about ZeroNet, we both often admired that feature. But I couldn't even imagine that this idea would become the real fact so soon.
A few months ago, Roman started posting memories and stories in his blogs. He seemed to have a premonition and tried to write down as much as possible. One of his blogs has a subtitle: Буду записывать, пока ещё память жива — "I'm going to write, while my memory is alive yet". Now those words sound so... unspeakably sad.
I only hope, his private keys will not fall into the wrong hands, and his zites'll keep running. Unfortunately, ZeroNet doesn't yet have the archiving/snapshot feature implemented, so the content is still vulnerable for being erased by a person, who stole the private key.
Aged 45. He left a wife and 2 young children. And so many things left unfinished.
Rest in Peace, Roman. We miss you so much.