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The BitTorrent file distribution system uses tit-for-tat as a method of seeking pareto efficiency. It achieves a higher level of robustness and resource utilization than any currently known cooperative technique. We explain what BitTorrent does, and how economic methods are used to achieve that goal. 1 What BitTorrent Does When a file is made available(More)
It has recently been shown that local search is surprisingly good at nding satisfying assignments for certain classes of CNF formulas (Sel-man et al. 1992). In this paper we demonstrate that the power of local search for satissability testing can be further enhanced by employing a new strategy, called \mixed random walk", for escaping from local minima. We(More)
We describe the Pynchon Gate, a practical pseudonymous message retrieval system. Our design uses a simple distributed-trust private information retrieval protocol to prevent adversaries from linking recipients to their pseudonyms, even when some of the infrastructure has been compromised. This approach resists global traffic analysis significantly better(More)
What is BitTorrent and what does it do? BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (P2P) software product. It enables users to quickly download and upload very large amounts of data. It is perhaps the most efficient P2P software ever created and is being used by more and more users everyday. According to CacheLogic, an internet traffic monitoring company, BitTorrent(More)
4 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Ann, my wife and best friend The unmediated.org team Robert Greenberg, my thesis advisor Clay Shirky, for advice and guidance Doug Rushkoff, for advice and guidance The Students of ITP 5 GLOSSARY These are my own definitions for selected terms, as used in this paper. BitTorrent – A P2P distribution platform developed by Bram Cohen and(More)
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