Peer-to-peer network

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In computer science peer-to-peer networking is a technical concept based on sharing, that can be used for tools for sharing of digital content, ressources like internet bandwith and more. Peer-to-peer networks consist of individual nodes (the "peers") that (- in difference to "traditional" concepts -) play essentially equal roles as they are servers and clients at the same time.

Peer-to-peer technology is a common example for the collaboration technology and the spirit of sharing connected to the internet in general.

file sharing

A prominent use is file sharing. There are several important file sharing peer-to-peer networks that are used by many people and actually generate most of the data traffic on the internet.

important networks

censorship, anonymity

Other prominent uses of peer-to-peer technology are the application for create censorship resistant networks and for anonymous internet access/communication.