Back in 2009 the DNS landscape looked a lot different than it does now. Everyone used their ISPs DNS servers. All of this gestures at everything was fields as far as the eye could see.
Denmark had been forcing ISPs to do DNS censorship since 2006, at the time primarily blocking The Pirate Bay and other copyright/IP related domains. The only serious non-ISP DNS provider in 2009 was OpenDNS, but they did douchy moves like NXDOMAIN redirection at the time, and they had no DNSSEC support, so nobody with half a brain wanted to use them.
Friends were asking which DNS provider to use to get a secure and uncensored DNS service, and I realised didn't have a good response at the time. So I started UncensoredDNS in November 2009. The first public announcement was a month later on December 30th 2009 on the mailing list for the IT Political Association of Denmark.
10 years later everybody is running recursive DNS services on catchy IP addresses. OpenDNS now belongs to Cisco, who are currently busy at conferences telling everyone about all the problems they can solve through DNS blocking. Google DNS on 22.214.171.124 has been around for a while and is used by many people. Cloudflare started their 126.96.36.199 service recently, and IBM is also running DNS servers on 188.8.131.52.
Meanwhile UncensoredDNS has been chugging along on less catchy IP addresses, servicing billions upon billions of DNS lookups from all over the world. Clear historic geographic trends can be seen, like during the arab spring or other major internet blackouts.
It is humbling that so many people choose to place their trust in me. I am lucky and very proud to be in a position where I get to help people over such an extended period of time. Let's meet up in the bar to celebrate 10 years of running free, decentralised secure Internet infrastructure over a vodka or two.
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- Sunday Aug. 11 21:00 - 22:00 at Bar Area