I2P Invisible Internet Project, Revisited
[quote][i]”Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”
“We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.”[/i]
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Declaration_of_the_Independence_of_Cyberspace]A Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace[/url], John Perry Barlow/EFF, 1996[/quote]
I’ve been playing with the latest release of [url=http://www.i2p2.de/]I2P[/url] for a while now, and I must say that I really like it. I2P is an onion-routing network, decentralized, anonymous, fully encrypted, somewhat like [url=http://www.torproject.org/]Tor[/url]. While the focus of Tor is on anonymous surfing and publishing on the “regular Internet”, I2P wants to be “a new network”, with network-internal services and lower latency than Tor thanks to a packet-based approach. [url=http://wiki.noreply.org/noreply/TheOnionRouter/TorFAQ#ComparisonI2P]Tor’s FAQ[/url] states that [i]”I2P should really be seen as the dual of Tor. Basically every engineering decision Tor has made, I2P made the opposite.”[/i]
Once you install and run (Java based) I2P you can configure and use it though a convenient local web interface, which already contains a webserver ready for anonymous content publishing, a webmail client, a Bittorrent client and a lot more. It works out of the box for most systems. Currently, they’re working on [url=http://duck.i2p.tin0.de/]integrating Tahoe-LAFS[/url], a decentralized redundant data storage. The long-term idea is to be able to share some of your own drive space (of course fully encrypted), like you can already conveniently share bandwidth now.
Most fascinating for me is to be able to participate in the formation of a new network. Now that the basic protocols are stable, what it needs is people who set up services within the net, and hobbyists who want to help form a new network. To me, it feels a lot like Internet in the 90s. So, if you also think that the Internet is being destroyed by commercial greed, (re)hyped technologies and buzzwords, join the fun (and #i2p on IRC). 😉
[*][url=http://www.i2p2.de/techintro.html#similar]I2P: Comparison to similar systems (Tor, Freenet)[/url]
[*][url=http://wiki.noreply.org/noreply/TheOnionRouter/TorFAQ#ComparisonI2P]Torproject: Comparison to I2P[/url]
[*]Deutsch: [url=http://anonymitaet-im-inter.net/wiki/i2p]Eintrag zu I2P im Anonwiki[/url], [url=http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/1/1028/1.html]Heise Telepolis: Unabhängigkeitserklärung des Cyberspace[/url] (John Barlow/EFF, 1996)
By the way, in case you already run a [i]high bandwidth[/i] Tor node, it’s excellent company: While Tor is heavier on memory, I2P is heavier on CPU.