An introduction to GNUnet
Posted Dec 1, 2005 16:30 UTC (Thu) by droundy
Parent article: An introduction to GNUnet
Much like other systems designed to promote anonymous speech, some of which were described in an LWN article two years ago, GNUnet suffers from a very slow user experience. Keyword searches can take many minutes to return results and downloading the content often takes a huge amount of time.
It seems like this is a major flaw in any p2p system designed to provide anonymous speech with plausible deniability. If they want to disguise traffic patterns, there has to be "innocent" traffic going on the network, but as long as anonymity is preserved at the cost of useability, that's not likely to happen. (Speaking as someone who put some time and thought into getting darcs to work over gnunet a while back, and came to the conclusion that it isn't really designed to be used.)
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