P2P Architectures, SOPA/PIPA and freedom from censorshipby Steve_BZ (Chaplain)
|on Jan 31, 2012 at 20:07 UTC||Need Help??|
Hi Fellow Monks,
What with all the stuff going down about SOPA and PIPA, I've sort of being keeping my head down and hoping it would go away. But then I lost my YouTube password, and it automatically logged me on with Google. I was a little shocked. I did some research and I found what I should have known anyway, and you probably already know, that Google owns pretty much the whole Universe, apart from Microsoft, which now has only 3% of the search engine market plus the 5% it gets from Yahoo (also powered by Bing), and Facebook (I think).
So I started to wonder are there ways round it and I came across yacy.net, a P2P search engine, sadly for us written in Java. Although it's been around for a few years, it's still in it's infancy as far as performance and user experience, but it got me thinking.
It seems to me that what is a dynamic network of global peer-peer contributors (like us) is much harder to influence than a single huge company with all the political ties that it inevitably has.
So I am asking my fellow monks, what experience does Perl and the Perl community have on P2P applications and what is there out there that we can draw on in our own development.
As usual I look forward to your thoughts.