Handshake: Decentralized certificate authority and naming (an experimental peer-to-peer root DNS)

Handshake’s original incubators: Purse.io (https://purse.io/) and Private Internet Access.

Handshake is a decentralized, permissionless naming protocol compatible with DNS where every peer is validating and in charge of managing the root zone with the goal of creating an alternative to existing Certificate Authorities. Its purpose is not to replace the DNS protocol, but to replace the root zone file and the root servers with a public commons.

The Handshake protocol maintains the root zone file in a decentralized manner, making the root zone uncensorable, permissionless, and free of gatekeepers.

Looks like PIA’s VPN client can now “resolve internet names with the Handshake Naming System (HNS)”: