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"anoNet is a decentralized friend-to-friend network, similar to Freenet in intent though not design. anoNet works by making it difficult to learn the identities of others on the network allowing them to anonymously host content and IPv4 services." --Wikipedia

"In early 2005, a few people fed up with the way the Internet was heading, began in earnest to create a large wide area network that was secure and lived in its own space. On this new network anyone would be free to do as they saw fit - roam about, host services, or just be social without fear of being monitored or even worse censored. The first step to bring this network to fruition was to encrypt the information that normally travels across the Internet. What they ended up with is known as anoNet." --anoNet

"It currently has webservers, ftp servers, wikis, DNS, search engines, email, webmail, IRC, IM, bittorrent, streaming audio. Basically if it is on the Internet, then it is on anoNet. We try to make sure that we have a replacement for any and everything that is on the Internet." --anoNet

"IP addresses are anonymous. It's the link between the IP address and the user of the IP address that links it to you. Due to the structured nature of the Internet, it would be bad if two ISPs started to use the same ranges. Thus, ISPs register their networks with ARIN,RIPE, APNIC, etc. The ISPs also keep records of which IP they give out to who at a certain time.

This means that, in theory, every IP address that is used is accountable for, and the end user can be named. If it were possible to use any IP address you liked for as long as you liked, there would be no way of knowing who was using it. 2 problems exist with this idea. The first is routing - how do you tell the Internet that IP address w.x.y.z is connected through ISP q, especially if the IP address you want to use isn't part of the range that ISP q normally uses. The second is that more than one person might try and use the same address at once.

We get around the first problem by using a routing protocol. We use BGP on anoNet. BGP makes a much better routing protocol for untrusted networks - however, it requires that the two peers agree beforehand to exchange routing information. We deemed this as acceptable since your peers will already know your Internet IP. You also have the option of running OSPF to inject bogus routes that even your peers won't know are coming from you.

The second problem, we overcame socially. We have a registration website that users claim a subnet and a BGP ASN on. Unlike the Internet where you have to give your real name when you register for IP address space or an ASN, you only stick your pseudonymn on your space (or just mark it is RESERVED). Now, this doesn't stop someone from using address space that isn't theirs. But we have ways of dealing with that. More details are on the wiki inside anoNet." --anoNet

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