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Ouinet

A technology utilizing peer-to-peer networking and distributed storage to enable censorship circumvention

Ouinet is a free, open source technology which allows web content to be served with the help of an entire network of cooperating nodes using peer-to-peer routing and distributed caching of responses. Built as an integration, it can be used to enable a network exchanged of cached data to circumvent censorship. OTF support for Ouinet will focus on improving the scalability and reliability of the Ouinet library's existing technical components, further enabling the ability of Ouinet to be integrated into existing circumvention tool networks. This technology will add an important building block to the existing ecosystem of censorship circumvention tools, ultimately helping users access censored content or distribute content, even in the face of network interference.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2019 $251,010 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $251,010

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
  • Prohibitive cost to access the Internet

Focus

  • Access to the Internet
  • Privacy enhancement
  • Security from danger or threat online

Objective(s)

  • Deploying technology
  • Software or hardware development
  • Technology development

Beneficiaries

  • General public
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Sexual minorities
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Academia
  • Technologists

Region(s)

  • Global

Project status

  • It's basically done. (Release)

Technology attributes

  • Anonymity
  • Application deployment
  • Browser plugin
  • Desktop App
  • Mobile application (clientside)
  • Networking
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • User interface/experience

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