Handshake [HNS] is a decentralized, permissionless naming protocol where every peer is validating and in charge of managing the root DNS naming zone with the goal of creating an alternative to existing Certificate Authorities and naming systems. Names on the internet (top-level domains, social networking handles, etc.) ultimately rely upon centralized actors with full control over a system that is relied upon to be honest, as they are vulnerable to hacking, censorship, and corruption. Handshake aims to experiment with new ways the internet can be more secure, resilient, and socially useful with a peer-to-peer system validated by the network's participants.

Handshake is an experiment that seeks to explore those new ways in which the necessary tools to build a more decentralized internet. By running Handshake, one can participate in a decentralized open naming platform secured by a decentralized peer-to-peer network.

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