[BitTorrent] Anonymous/Privacy Possibility upgrades for BT
oneguess at rocketmail.com
Sat Nov 20 04:56:25 EST 2004
One of the problems with internet is that to be anonymous you need
to go through servers which increases the load on the internet, and
if everyone went through servers, speeds and traffic would be more
Firstly why do people need to be anonymous anyway? Well giving out
your IP provides you as a node and that your are active so you've
just given away any fact that you weren't there. Secondly you need
to open your computer to share files and receive the response back.
Further there are privacy issues as people want their privacy.
Another issue is safety, why can't people help without being
identified as helping. Even furthermore arise issues with legal
problems involving the data your sending from being copyright, to
the data being legally stated not as publicly viewable (so the
government decides what we can and can not see), and further BT
provides a medium for them to enforce and catch those providing the
ability of freedom so you can download it or not.
In short there are many more points why people deserve to have
privacy of sending the packets to people, and being that BT has
become a mainstream protocol of passing files it makes sense it
should allow anonymity for serving.
So what are the alternatives, well I thought up one and I know for
some ISP's that this wont be feasable as their routers/servers would
either filter or re-change the IP. But the idea is that the person
sending the packets gets the details off the tracker of a range of
packets the user needs, an authentication id, port and whether they
are accepting anonymous pacts or not. If they are the user could
just send the packets that they feel they need with the
authentication id, and port so it reduces chances of DOS, and the
user sending packets just masks their IP. I know this would
introduce issues of reliability of data, and unfortuneately the user
will just have to wait till next update to the tracker to request
the packet to be resent. The increase to the tracker would be
minimal as it would just need more information from the users if
they choose to receive anonymous files at the times. Other
advantages include an increased number of people leaving their
upload to run and hence people to download files faster, and
finally. Now of coarse this means the user will get all these
anonymous packets and try and sort them into some userable form, but
assuming there are clients connected to them that aren't anonymous
they could request these missing bits, and then everyone would be
better off. Even with the issue of the person receiving too many
anonymous packets, such that it becomes a DOS attack, you could
issue a couple of authentication ID's to go with the packets and
block particular ID's when it becomes too fast for the computer to
handle, but this and other things could be solved with different
Other alternatives include running all the files through the tracker
server, but I think we are tryin to increase speed, and reliability
but flexibility and this does not help this.
To sum up basically allowing people that send files to mask their IP
(set a fake IP) to the client with the data they can use, but if
their client is not updated or it's not accepting anonymous files
then they wont get anonymous packets their way. So by making it a
feature it means that it doesn't have to be used but can be used for
those people that find it appropriate in their situation.
I would like to get some feedback on what you think of this idea and
the possibility of it becoming a standard with BT.
P.S. Another issue involved would be making the client program to
tie into the interface and mask the IP. Which i'm sure is possible,
but may limit it to certain programming languages that get to be
anonymous, but all could receive anonymous packets.
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