I2P: The Censorship Resistant Anonymous P2P Network is 20 Years Old
I2P, short for the Invisible Internet Project, has recently turned twenty years old. Unlike other peer-to-peer technologies such as Tor and BitTorrent, I2P has mostly stayed under the radar among the public at large. Considering its name that’s perhaps fitting; however, its two-decade anniversary shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Peer-to-peer technology was hot in the early 2000s, with many developers building their own networks, protocols, or applications.
Napster was considered the poster child for these early developments but, soon after, iconic names such as LimeWire, Freenet, and BitTorrent emerged. These technologies would grow out to become game-changers.
Away from the computer, there were major developments in the real world as well. This includes September 11, 2001, when even the most passionate coders were drawn away from their CRT monitors. This would change history.
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