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    • CommentAuthorlucien
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2009
    interesting article about internet privacy here.
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    I could never get Freenet to be worth the effort. Between the way it ate all my bandwidth, the way my node seemed to lose all its adaptation every time I restarted it, and the way all the sites on there seemed to be child porn, people describing fictional murders and really dull geocities-grade "this is my dog he is great" pages... I eventually gave up on it.
    • CommentAuthorlucien
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2009
    @ben klumaster
    that's too bad, that article was the first i'd heard of it, since i am out of the loop, and it seemed like a pretty good idea. trust people to use any privacy tech to hide kiddie porn.
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    I’ve poked around Freenet a few times. It always seemed to be mirrors of a lot of paranoid conspiracy theories web sites, mirrors of open-source web sites, and deviant porn. Pretty pathetic, really.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2009 edited
    It isn't really meant to be a community, though. It is meant to be a place to put information where it can never be forcibly removed.

    Someday this will be really important to somebody who will know about it, and then it will be worth it. For all we know, it might be used daily by Chinese and Iranian democracy activists. Same goes for Tor.

    Chances are, anything that has been put there by such folks isn't really meant to be found by the casual observer, but one day soon it or something like it may make a powerful platform for resistance.
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    The problem is that to some extent it's stored as a popularity contest. If your vital information isn't indexed anywhere and people aren't looking at it, it isn't being duplicated to other caches, and will eventually fall out of the network. Even before that, it might be painfully slow or only patchily accessible if the people who do have chunks of it go offline (or the people with the routing information to find the people who have it). It's something Tor doesn't have to worry about so much, as far as I understand, at the price of the data still residing in one location and therefore being removable.