Elementary Information Theory
Imagine a file with its contents equal to the number 18. Now, suppose the file owner phoned their friend and asked them to write down the number 6 and to put it somewhere safe, then wrote down the number 3 and put it in their wallet. Where would the number 18 be stored?
This trivial example shows how information (i.e. “18”) can be stored with no separately determinable path. To the file owner’s friend and to any third-party eavesdropper, the original file is unknowable. Even if someone stole the file owner’s wallet and discovered the number 3 written on a piece of paper, it would not reveal any original file information, not even its length. The numbers 6 and 3 are not literal parts of 18 and each could be factors of any number.
Elementary System Theory
Oblique Drive does not use multiplication like the trivial example above, but does replace each file (a first set of data) with a second set of data which does not contain any information from the file. Oblique Drive establishes an entire file system in this way. Each second set of data is comprised of a local aspect and a remote aspect. Apart from the file system, it is not possible to derive information about files, even given unlimited computing power. However, Oblique Drive permits a user to browse the file system, to search for and to obtain information about files and folders, even in the presence of adversaries.