Freenet

Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for
censorship-resistant and privacy-respecting
publishing and communication.

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Reclaim Your Privacy!

Freenet makes it easy to publish and follow what others publish with strong privacy protections.

Plugins built on its decentralized data store make it very easy to host your own website and provide microblogging and forums, media sharing from files to video-on-demand and decentralized version tracking, blogging and spam resistance without central authority.

For an easy start you can join the global Opennet. For maximum privacy, connect to your friends and build a friend-to-friend network independent of and invisible to any centralized server. To access the global network, you either need some friends who also connect to opennet, or use the Shoeshop plugin to build a sneakernet that can even bridge separate friend-to-friend networks when your regional internet itself gets severed from the global information network.

Lots of additional information about Freenet and its history is available on Wikipedia.

What's New

  1. The discredited Levine 2017 approach is still used

    2022-08-28

    In april 2020 the approach by Levine et al. to track downloaders was proven to be wrong: Their false positives rate is wrong, their math is wrong, and their model is wrong. Therefore results you get when using their method are false. Yet this approach...

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  2. Freenet build 1494: streaming, config, security, windows, debian

    2022-07-03

    Freenet 0.7.5 build 1494 is now available. Install Freenet for Windows, for GNU/Linux and other *nixes, or for Android. See the download page for more information and other platforms. This build improves six broad areas: streaming on...

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  3. Freenet build 1493: initial user experience, sneakernet, performance

    2022-04-08

    Freenet 0.7.5 build 1493 is now available. Download Freenet for Desktop (Windows, MacOSX, GNU Linux, *nix) or for Android This build provides four core improvements: Curated default bookmarks, including an actively maintained index and Shoeshop for...

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  4. Freenet build 1492 released: video, diagnostics, pitch black, plugins

    2021-11-04

    Freenet 0.7.5 build 1492 is now available. Download Freenet for Desktop (Windows, MacOSX, GNU Linux, *nix) or for Android Content of this release: Pitch black mitigation finalized: The high-security friend-to-friend mode is now robust against...

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Why we do this

I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she's too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 years from now, she will come to me and say Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet
/ Electronic Frontier Foundation