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The Censorship Resistant Anonymous P2P Network is 20 Years Old * TorrentFreak


Peer-to-peer technology was hot in the early 2000s, with many developers building their own networks, protocols, or applications.

Napster was considered the poster child for these early developments but, soon after, iconic names such as LimeWire, Freenet, and BitTorrent emerged. These technologies would grow out to become game-changers.

Away from the computer, there were major developments in the real world as well. This includes September 11, 2001, when even the most passionate coders were drawn away from their CRT monitors. This would change history.

September 11

After the September 11 attacks, the world was in a state of shock and uncesrtainty. Terrorism became a global threat and, in response, online surveillance was placed high on the political agenda. For a good reason too – most people wanted the terrorists to be caught.

At the same time, however, the scope and power of the digital surveillance apparatus raised concerns as well.

In that environment, a young developer…

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