I’m putting this here rather than in “development” because it is somewhat speculative in relation to Whonix. However, it is potentially a very important idea.
The official name “The Phantom Protocol” is unfortunate because is gives an overwhelming number of false search results when you look for information about it. It is also in some places referred to as “The Phantom Anonymity Protocol” as well as “The Phantom Anonymization Project”.
There is an introductory lecture on Phantom here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAJn3Ag3imY
The main page is here, where there are links to the white papers, source code, blog and discussion group: https://code.google.com/p/phantom/
There appears to have been little work on, or discussion of, Phantom in the last two years. Which is too bad because it seems truly to be what Tor might have been: a purely peer-to-peer anonymity network. A very rough analogy is the operation of torrent clients finding each other by DHT (distributed hash table).
The major flaw in Tor, as I see it, is that there are nine super servers that, in effect, govern the network. Therefore it is vulnerable to a concerted attack on those nine servers, for example if there was another false-flag terror scam on the scale of 9/11 that would give western governments the pretext to ban Tor. But the characteristics of Phantom potentially give its users the ability to carry on regardless.
What would it take to be able to plug in a Phantom transport in place of Whonix’ current Tor transport, as easily as having, say, a radio button on the desktop or browser that allows the user to toggle between the two. Is Whonix sufficiently modular to allow this?