[ISN] Freedom Network source code now available

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Date: Sun Feb 17 2002 - 22:34:54 PST

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    By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
    Posted: 15/02/2002 at 22:57 GMT
    CodeCon - Source code for ZeroKnowledge Systems' discontinued
    anonymous Internet service has leaked onto the Web, apparently with
    the blessing of ZKS' Chief Scientist Ian Goldberg.
    The announcement was made on Goldberg's behalf at the CodeCon
    conference by Len Sassaman, co-organizer of the three day grassroots
    P2P and crypto conference .
    Until early last October, Freedom Network offered anonymous web
    surfing and email with a comprehensive, belt-and-braces approach to
    anonymity involving dedicated servers, tricky routing tactics and the
    generation of noise traffic. All packets were encrypted. ZKS
    discontinued the service but denied that the decision was a
    consequence of the post-September 11 hysteria.
    "Right now there simply isn't enough market buy-in on the premium
    services to justify the network's operating costs....support for the
    Freedom network offering was removed from the client code base well
    before the recent tragedies of September 11," wrote Goldberg.
    According to the README, "Zero-Knowledge is releasing this code under
    an RSAREF style license, to encourage academic research and other
    non-commercial use." Other licenses are respected, and the release is
    entirely unsupported.
    The main tarballs is a 12.5MB download, PGP encrypted with the
    "traditional magic word" (actually two, one of which is a big bird).  
    You can find it here
    The CodeCon conference is a revelation: lots of cool hacks, and not an
    overweight pundit or sociologist in sight. It continues through 'til
    Sunday at the DNA Lounge, and is being webcast if you can't attend in
    person. We'll post a report of the first day's proceedings tomorrow.
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