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Re: tor and p2p

I don't think it would be too difficult to get something like bittorrent working within the Tor network. What I mean by that is both the tracker and all clients are within the network. We'd have to update the bittorrent client software to not use IP addresses of course, but something similar has already been done on Azureus for I2P. Users of the network would have to set themselves up a hidden service in order to participate.

I'm sure there will be scaling issues involved with the increased number of hidden services and we'd want to optimize some of the transfer parameters but conceptually, it shouldn't be difficult to support.

On Jan 24, 2007, at 1:49 PM, Roger Dingledine wrote:

On Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 07:25:13PM +0000, Robert Hogan wrote:
Has there been any thought, specc-ing in this direction? Anything that could
sheds some light on the technical issues that would need to be addressed? Or
is there something in the tor design which would make any attempt to build
anonymous p2p on top of it unfeasible?

There's lots of work left before Tor is in a position for most users to be servers.


Hope that helps,