A drop in file-sharing following a court ordered block of the Pirate Bay was short-lived, data seen by the BBC suggests. A major UK internet service provider (ISP) said peer-to-peer (P2P) activity on its network returned to just below normal only a week after the measures were enforced earlier this year. Critics had warned the ban would prove ineffective. But the BPI, the music industry trade body, has defended the action. Its chief executive Geoff Taylor told the BBC the group would continue to pursue similar action in future.Read more »
The Electronic Frontier Foundation gives an overview of the emerging peer-to-peer alternatives to centralized, monopoly-controlled social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and discusses the strengths of the former and weaknesses of the latter.Read more »
The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system. This system will exchange DNS information through peer-to-peer transfers and will work with a new .p2p domain extension.Read more »
Bitcoin is a free and easy to use, open source peer-to-peer electronic cash system that is completely decentralized, without the need for a central server or trusted parties.
Users hold the crypto keys to their own money and transact directly with each other, with the help of a P2P network to check for double-spending. Users can transfer money easily through the Internet, without having to trust middlemen. Third parties can’t prevent or control your transactions.Read more »
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