Freenet Gets Good

I’ve plugged The Free Network Project almost since I started this weblog more than two years ago. My first entry mentioning it was only a couple of weeks after I started. But only recently has it finally reached that magic point where performance and usefulness are finally here.
So what is the promise of this project? Well, it’s two-fold. One thing is absolute anonymity from others being able to tell what you post and what you choose to download. Want to say something politically unpopular? Go right ahead, there won’t be any repercussions for you. You can also utilize its other major feature, peer-to-peer distribution of files to offload bandwidth responsibilities to a host of servers for popular content.
OK, so how is all of this relevant to Java (after all, I posted this as a Java development link and that means it’ll appear on JavaBlogs)? Well, the primary version of Freenet is written in Java and many of the tools released for it so far are also written in Java. It doesn’t have to be that way, it just is. So, I’m just curious to hear what people would come up with if they could build web services or websites where bandwidth (currently several US dollars per GB transferred) cost nothing, zip, zilch, zero or alternately where anything can be shared or retrieved in absolute anonymity.

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One thought on “Freenet Gets Good

  1. RefuX

    “One thing is absolute anonymity from others being able to tell what you post and what you choose to download.”
    This is simply not true.
    Freenet make it harder to trace you, but it not impossible.

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