Presented at DEF CON 10 (2002), Aug. 2, 2002, 4 p.m. (50 minutes)

GNUNet is an anonymous peer-to-peer networking infrastructure. GNUnet provides anonymity, confidentiality, deniability and accountability, goals that were thought to be mutually exclusive. In GNUnet, users can search for files without revealing the query to anybody. Intermediaries can not decrypt the query or the reply, but they can verify that the reply is a valid answer for the query. This allows GNUnet to deploy a trust-based accounting scheme that does not require end-to-end knowledge about transactions and that is used to limit the impact of flooding attacks.

Anonymity in GNUnet is based on the idea that it a host is anonymous if the perceived sender of the message looks sufficiently like a router. Based on this realization, GNUnet nodes can individually trade-off anonymity for efficiency without affecting the anonymity of other participants. GNUnet is written in C and licensed under the GNU Public License. GNUnet is officially part of the GNU project


  • Christian Grothoff - Department Of Computer Sciences Purdue University
    Christian Grothoff is a Ph.D. Student in Computer Sciences at Purdue University. He is primarily working on OVM, a DARPA funded project to build a customizable real-time Java Virtual Machine. Christian Grothoff started the GNUnet project, a secure peer-to-peer file-sharing network to protect privacy.


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