Funny... I was actually going to post about Maidsafe!
This goes beyond darknets and meshnets,
Not really... Maidsafe isn't Hyperboria (CJDNS). I think you're mixing some of this up a bit.
Just to clarify:DARKNET
: What this is varies, but ultimately boils down to using existing infrastructure. That infrastructure is used with encryption protocols to obfuscate identity or otherwise anonymise users. This is often over Tor, but not always. MESHNET
: This is more along the lines of Hyperboria or similar technologies. It's an infrastructure for communications. See here: http://www.reddit.com/r/hyperboria/
Maidsafe can use a meshnet or the normal Internet. The network infrastructure isn't really an issue (IIRC).
So, for example...
You have a communications infrastructure, like Hyerboria/CJDNS, and run a Darknet service over top of that, like Tor or I2P, then store data anonymously anonymously (doubled - once for the Darkent service, then again for Maidsafe) using Maidsafe.
Maidsafe adds in a new aspect to the equation that isn't Darknet (Tor/I2P), and isn't MeshNet (CJDNS), but is something entirely new that fits right on top of all that other wonderfully crypto-anarchical goodness!
I've been following it off and on for a while. I'm still trying to figure out some of it, but I think that I really just need to read the API documentation.
For a badass example of Maidsafe:
You can see file storage, file sharing, and real time chat there. :O Yeah... bad. ass.
The new "Hello World!" application should be amended to "Hello World! Welcome to crypto-anarchy!" Because that's what the new generations (plural) of applications will be. Crypto-anarchy is winning, and will win.
The effort to encrypt compared to the effort to decrypt without keys is disproportionate in many, many orders of magnitude.
I came across a gambling site that was provably fair. I saw that the encryption was relatively weak and decided to see if I could game the site. I crunched the numbers. Nope. Not doable. I know how to crack the cryptography on that site, but, it simply cannot be done sanely. It would cost far too much.
People would do well to look into crypto-anarchy and find out what it is and what it means. I'll skip that as it is a topic best left to the Basement.