It was reported that in Freenet China had several thousand dedicated users. The Freenet file sharing network stores documents and allows them to be retrieved later by an associated key, as is now possible with protocols such as HTTP.
The network is designed to be highly survivable. The system has no central servers and is not subject to the control of any one individual or organization, including the designers of Freenet.
Information stored on Freenet is distributed around the network and stored on several different nodes. Encryption of data and relaying of requests makes it difficult to determine who inserted content into Freenet, who requested that content, or where the content was stored.
This protects the anonymity of participants, and also makes it very difficult to censor specific content. Content is stored encrypted, making it difficult for even the operator of a node to determine what is stored on that node.
This provides plausible deniability , and in combination with the request relaying means that safe harbor laws that protect service providers may also protect Freenet node operators.
When asked about the topic, Freenet developers defer to the EFF discussion which says that not being able to filter anything is a safe choice. Unlike other P2P networks , Freenet not only transmits data between nodes but actually stores them, working as a huge distributed cache.
To achieve this, each node allocates some amount of disk space to store data; this is configurable by the node operator, but is typically several GB or more.
Files on Freenet are typically split into multiple small blocks, with duplicate blocks created to provide redundancy. Each block is handled independently, meaning that a single file may have parts stored on many different nodes.
Two advantages of this design are high reliability and anonymity. Information remains available even if the publisher node goes offline, and is anonymously spread over many hosting nodes as encrypted blocks, not entire files.
The key disadvantage of the storage method is that no one node is responsible for any chunk of data.
If a piece of data is not retrieved for some time and a node keeps getting new data, it will drop the old data sometime when its allocated disk space is fully used.
While users can insert data into the network, there is no way to delete data. Typically, a host computer on the network runs the software that acts as a node, and it connects to other hosts running that same software to form a large distributed, variable-size network of peer nodes.
Some nodes are end user nodes, from which documents are requested and presented to human users. Other nodes serve only to route data. All nodes communicate with each other identically — there are no dedicated "clients" or "servers".
It is not possible for a node to rate another node except by its capacity to insert and fetch data associated with a key. This is unlike most other P2P networks where node administrators can employ a ratio system, where users have to share a certain amount of content before they can download.
Freenet may also be considered a small world network. The Freenet protocol is intended to be used on a network of complex topology, such as the Internet Internet Protocol.
Each node knows only about some number of other nodes that it can reach directly its conceptual "neighbors" , but any node can be a neighbor to any other; no hierarchy or other structure is intended.
Each message is routed through the network by passing from neighbor to neighbor until it reaches its destination. As each node passes a message to a neighbor, it does not know whether the neighbor will forward the message to another node, or is the final destination or original source of the message.
This is intended to protect the anonymity of users and publishers. Each node maintains a data store containing documents associated with keys, and a routing table associating nodes with records of their performance in retrieving different keys.
The Freenet protocol uses a key-based routing protocol, similar to distributed hash tables. The routing algorithm changed significantly in version 0.
Prior to version 0. In either case, new connections were sometimes added to downstream nodes i. The disadvantage of this is that it is very easy for an attacker to find Freenet nodes, and connect to them, because every node is continually attempting to find new connections.
Darknet is less convenient, but much more secure against a distant attacker. This change required major changes in the routing algorithm.
Every node has a location, which is a number between 0 and 1. When a key is requested, first the node checks the local data store.
This goes on until some number of hops is exceeded, there are no more nodes to search, or the data is found. If the data is found, it is cached on each node along the path.
So there is no one source node for a key, and attempting to find where it is currently stored will result in it being cached more widely.
Essentially the same process is used to insert a document into the network: If older data is found, the older data is propagated and returned to the originator, and the insert "collides".
But this works only if the locations are clustered in the right way. Freenet assumes that the Darknet a subset of the global social network is a small-world network, and nodes constantly attempt to swap locations using the Metropolis—Hastings algorithm in order to minimize their distance to their neighbors.
However, it does not guarantee that data will be found at all. Eventually, either the document is found or the hop limit is exceeded.
The intermediate nodes may choose to cache the document along the way. Besides saving bandwidth, this also makes documents harder to censor as there is no one "source node.
Initially, the locations in Darknet are distributed randomly. This means that routing of requests is essentially random. In Opennet connections are established by a join request which provides an optimized network structure if the existing network is already optimized.
As location swapping on Darknet and path folding on Opennet progress, nodes which are close to one another will increasingly have close locations, and nodes which are far away will have distant locations.
Data with similar keys will be stored on the same node. The result is that the network will self-organize into a distributed, clustered structure where nodes tend to hold data items that are close together in key space.
There will probably be multiple such clusters throughout the network, any given document being replicated numerous times, depending on how much it is used.
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