Description Linked Data Proposal to WWW Servers Inside Tor

This proposal is to all HTTP servers inside Tor network.

The problem: We are wondering how we could get authenticated hidden service descriptions. That is, descriptions of hidden services that are provided by the hidden service operator themselves. We would like to show these official descriptions in search.

The solution proposal : Simple linked description datasheets provided by the hidden services.

How to do this : Simply provide a linked description file in your hidden service web at "http://youronionaddress.onion/description.json" and anyone could find this file.

You can write your information to the given link and use the generated JSON file : HS description generator

Example JSON (DuckDuckGo):
          "title": "DuckDuckGo",
          "description": "DuckDuckGo is a search engine that is based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and uses information from crowd-sourced sites (like Wikipedia) with the aim of augmenting traditional results and improving relevance. The search engine philosophy emphasizes privacy and does not record user information.",
          "relation": "",
          "keywords": "search engine, privacy, no tracking, DuckDuckGo",
          "type": "search engine",
          "language": "en",
          "contactInformation": ""

You can download and study the example JSON file.

Help us

Do tell us your opinion about this. We are considering this as a simple method for getting official description information from the hidden services. We will show these in our page : Onion list

  • Globaleaks Platform
  • Tor2Web Platform
  • HERMES Center for Transparency and Digital Rights
  • Tor Project
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