Freenet is a large-scale peer-to-peer network that depends on the power of member computers around the world to create a massive virtual information store open to anyone to freely publish or view information of all kinds. Freenet lacks any centralized control or administration and allows information to be published without identifying its source or its physical location.
The Freenet Network consists of many computers on the Internet each running a piece of software called the "Freenet Server" or "Freenet Daemon" that enables a computer to become a "node" (a small but equal part of the larger Freenet network).
The system provides a flexible and powerful infrastructure capable of supporting a wide range of applications. It enables the anonymous and uncensorable publication of material ranging from grassroots alternative journalism, provides a method for the distribution of high-bandwidth content, and provides a platform for universal personal publishing. A Quickstart and User's Manual will help get you started if you're interested in participating.
Date Listed: 06/07/2001