Today’s video is not one of my usual vlogs nor is it a skit. Rather it’s a tutorial slash walk-through for installing freenet on windows xp. I don’t have vista, windows 7 or Linux so I cannot speak to any details that are different for those operating systems.
As for the question that many people will probably have, “what is freenet classic opennet?”, in short it is a freeware peer to peer network that is designed to allow people to publish and obtain information on the internet without any fear of censorship.
Freenet achieves this in two ways.
First, the network is entirely decentralized. There is no one central server that functions as a backbone to the network. Files can be inserted into the network will remain available even if the node they were inserted from should go offline. This is achieved with a distributed data store that each node contributes storage space to. Files are broken into chunks and those chunks are then encrypted and copied randomly throughout the network, making them impossible to delete or alter once inserted.
Second, Both publishers and consumers of information are completely anonymous. Without anonymity there can never be true freedom of speech, and without decentralization the network will be vulnerable to attack.
Freenet is the only platform for publishing anonymously that actually is completely anonymous. An anonymous blogger can, on freenet, write anything they want in their Flog (freenet blog) without concern that anyone will be forced to hand over their identity because nobody knows it. (this assumes of course that the writer takes care to not include personally identifying details in what they write)
Why is anonymity important? Justice Stevens expressed it very nicely in ‘McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 1996′:
“Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority… It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation – and their ideas from suppression – at the hand of an intolerant society.”
The video that was here has since been deleted due to an accident. However there is an up to date post, Five Easy Steps To Installing Freenet Classic Opennet (FCon) that I think does a much better job of walking you through the FCon install process.]
For more information about Freenet Classic Opennet, have a look at this video:
My next video in this series will cover installing and using Frost, which is freenet’s main messaging and filesharing application.
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