Re: please help FreeNet by becoming a node

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Thu Mar 02 2000 - 17:14:37 MST

Lee Daniel Crocker writes:

> Freenet is a pull-only medium. There's no way to "send" anyone anything.
> One can only publish, and hope someone requests, information. Further,

There are still ways to attack the content. One could flood the
namespace with bogus submissions, thus making bona fide documents hard
to find. By publishing a lot of big random blobs, and creating a fake
demand for them (M$ has a lot of machines, and there are things like
Troj_trinoo and Stacheldraht), which would be DoS against the
participants' donated resources.

A number of possible attacks are described in a number of papers.

> the actual storage of the information is determined by its pattern of
> requests--information that is not requested gets "garbage collected".

I like the adaptive replication/information flow over the virtual
network part.

> Finally, since it is designed from the ground up to to prevent censorship,
> if there's a piece of information you like with an advertisement on it,
> anyone is free to post it without the ad as well, and no one will be able
> to tell who posted it, who's reading it, or even where it is stored.

It's a good dream. Since even highly zombie-designed systems like
Napster are immensely successful, Freedom has a good chance.

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