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Peer to Peer Freedom of Speech

Peer to Peer Freedom of Speech

Posted Dec 6, 2003 10:47 UTC (Sat) by zooko (guest, #2589)
Parent article: Peer to Peer Freedom of Speech

"With a sufficient number of nodes and amount of traffic, no analysis of the traffic to or from nodes will reveal the true source and destinations of the requests."

This is a very strong claim, and it is incorrect.

If you monitor enough network traffic, you can easily see the actual origin and actual destination of transactions conducted through Freenet. The question is: does Freenet increase the cost of such monitoring high enough that nobody will bother to perform the surveillance?

Please be careful in your use of Freenet, Entropy, GNUnet, and so forth. Humans haven't figured out how to deploy truly strong and safe anonymity systems yet.

On the other hand, I do encourage you to use Freenet and the others! Especially if you are going to run reliable nodes, provide detailed bug reports, and otherwise help out.

Disclaimer: I'm the leader of an alternative project which does not incorporate routing-layer anonymity: Mnet.


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