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Re: [freehaven-dev] retrieval issues

On Sun, Mar 25, 2001 at 05:48:58AM -0500, Roger Dingledine wrote:
> The problem comes when you say something like "but I don't want people to
> be able to get a list of all IP addresses running nodes". With Free Haven,
> you aren't actually getting such a list, because the "addresses" are reply
> blocks on a mix-net. With Freenet you don't have that layer of protection.
> But I don't think Freenet actually aims for that level of anonymity. So
> they're ok.
> (But it's still an interesting problem to consider to improve the amount
> of anonymity which Freenet offers without totally revamping their protocol
> into something different.)

Yes, one of the most interesting things in Freenet is deciding how to draw
the anonymity lines..  while we don't intend that nodes should be fully
private entities, we certainly wish to make it as difficult as possible for
a node to discover more nodes than is necessary for the functioning of the

Ultimately I have to fault TCP/IP itself.. the act of communicating
on the internet *must* betray anonymity at some link in the process.

Btw, don't suppose you guys have ever thought of building a mix-net on
top of Freenet?  ;^>


# tavin cole
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