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TorrentFreak wrote:


While the BitTorrent ecosystem is filled with uncertainty and doubt, researchers at Delft University of Technology have released the first version of their anonymous and decentralized BitTorrent network. "Tribler makes BitTorrent anonymous and impossible to shut down," lead researcher Prof. Pouwelse says.

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After thorough tests of the anonymity feature earlier this year, it’s now built into the latest release with end-to-end encryption. Tribler implemented a Tor-like onion routing network which hides who is seeding or sharing files. Users can vary the number of “hops” the client uses to increase anonymity.

“Tribler creates a new dedicated network for anonymity that is in no way connected to the main Tor network. By using Tribler you become part of a Tor-like network and help others become anonymous,” Dr. Pouwelse says.

“That means you no longer have any exposure in any swarm, either downloading or seeding,” he adds.

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The downside to the increase in privacy is higher bandwidth usage. After all, users themselves also become proxies and have to relay the transfers of others. In addition, the anonymity feature may also slow down transfer speeds depending on how much other users are willing to share.

“We are very curious to see how fast anonymous downloads will be. It all depends on how social people are, meaning, if they leave Tribler running and help others automatically to become anonymous. If a lot of Tribler users turn out to be sharing and caring, the speed will be sufficient for a nice downloading experience,” Pouwelse says.

Another key feature of Tribler is decentralization. Users can search for files from within the application, which finds torrents through other peers instead of a central server. And if a tracker goes offline, the torrent will continue to download with the help of other users too.

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Now that sounds pretty damned cool, and definitely the way of the future with all of the shit going down lately.
That indeed does sound very cool. I think as network speeds / data transfer limits increase we'll see a lot of cool advances in terms of both technology and privacy.

Decentralisation by moving the search to within the app is excellent too. I believe there is/has been a Bitcoin bounty on a similar thing for a completely decentralised bitcoin based commodity exchange / marketplace.

Removing reliance on third party providers (which take their own service fees) and having these types of services all operate through thoroughly reviewed, open source software is a good step forward towards a completely open web. Silk Road and its successors seem to have proved that fully user feedback/review driven marketplaces work (although I guess you can't really give bad feedback if a product kills you).
This sounds really cool. Its good to see things like this popping up with all the paranoia surfacing in regards to piracy and with all the torrent websites getting shutdown and/or prosecuted.

Im curious as to how Universities get away with experimenting with things like this when technically they should be under a legal sphere. As in, only able to be researching legal things, and in essence torrenting has become about "illegally" sharing content.
Spoon wrote:
There is nothing inherently illegal about file sharing. They aren't researching copyrighted file sharing.

The beauty of 'technicalities'. We all know it will be used for both legal and illegal file sharing.
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