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Re: Bug#220301: ITP: entropy -- Emerging Network To Reduce Orwellian Potency Yield

On Tue, 2003-11-11 at 17:59, Michael Beattie wrote:
> * Package name    : entropy
>   Description     : Emerging Network To Reduce Orwellian Potency Yield

This doesn't really tell me anything about ENTROPY. How about
"anti-censorship network client"?

>  ENTROPY is developed as a response to increasing censorship and surveillance
>  in the internet. The program connects your computer to a network of machines
>  which all run this software. The ENTROPY network is running parallel to the
>  WWW and also other internet services like FTP, email, ICQ. etc.

The acronym ENTROPY should be defined in the first line of the long

>  For the user the ENTROPY network looks like a collection of WWW pages. The
>  difference to the WWW however is that there are no accesses to central
>  servers. And this is why there is no site operator who could log who
>  downloaded what and when. Every computer taking part in the ENTROPY network
>  (every node) is at the same time server, router for other nodes, caching proxy
>  and client for the user: that is You.
>  After you gained some experience with the ENTROPY network, there are command
>  line tools for you to insert whole directory trees into the network as a
>  ENTROPY site. So ENTROPY does for you what a webspace provider does for you in
>  the WWW - but without the storage and bandwidth costs and without any
>  regulation or policy as to what kind of content you are allowed to publish.
>  Everyone can contribute his own ENTROPY site for everybody else to browse
>  through. The contents is stored in a distributed manner across all available
>  and reachable nodes and no one can find out about who put up what contents
>  into the network. Even if your node is not actively running, your contents
>  can be retrieved by others -- without knowing that it was actually you who
>  published the files. Of course this is only true if you do not publish your
>  name (or leave your name or other personal data in the files you publish)

This is a good, though perhaps too detailed, long description.

A general (non-ITP-related) question: Is ENTROPY related to Freenet in
any way?

Joe Drew <hoserhead@woot.net> <drew@debian.org>

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