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Definition Edit

The Invisible Internet Project (I2P) is

a computer network layer that allows applications to send messages to each other pseudonymously and securely. Uses include anonymous web surfing, chatting, blogging and file transfers. The software that implements this layer is called an I2P router and a computer running I2P is called an I2P node. The software is free and open source and is published under multiple licenses.

Overview Edit

"Originally designed as a way to be able to use Internet Relay Chat (IRC) anonymously, I2P has become one of the more popular anonymous networks. While similar to Tor, key differences include the fact that I2P focuses on gaining access to sites within the network, and not to the Internet at large. Not as much academic research has been done on this project as on Tor. This service is very popular in Russia and about half the routers appear to be located there."[1]

"Tor provides better anonymous access to the open Internet and I2P provides a more robust and reliable 'network within the network.'"[2]

References Edit

  1. Dark Web (CRS Report), at 3.
  2. The Impact of the Dark Web on Internet Governance and Cyber Security, at 3.


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