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25 Apr 2009



One of the latest “privacy-enhanced P2P” things I’ve found recently is OneSwarm. The idea behind it is that instead of using trackers to find peers, it uses an anonymous, distributed, friend-to-friend swarm to find things.

This seems at first glance to be a good idea. Only the people you trust know what you’re trying to find, making it very hard for your favourite government/corporate acronym to spy on you, and thanks to the “six degrees of separation” factor it shouldn’t be hard to find anything you’re after.

Of course, you have to find friends who are using it in order for it to work, but it’s not so bad — they have a handy keyserver where you can give it your GMail/GTalk data, and it checks with a server to get public keys for all your contacts.

Hmmmm… a registry which can link uniquely-identifiable public keys with email addresses? I thought this was supposed to make things more anonymous. That just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. It does let you directly exchange public keys with friends, at least, which seems a safer route to take.

Still not entirely sure I trust it…