cooperative downloading

Sometimes I see stuff at work (BBC) before it gets released and that is very exciting, but occasionally it is breathtaking. I got to a presentation of the researchers at the Technical University of Delft (organised by Tom Loosemore) about their new release of something called Tribler. Tribler adds a level of social networking and cooperative downloading to the peer to peer filesharing experience. You need about ten PHDS to follow the fine print. For those of you who are technically minded you can now download it to try it out. Why am I posting about it here? Well, it’s another example of people working to maxmise the benefits of social groups over the internet. In this start-up phase that is exactly what we are doing – using our networks to get this thing up and running. Getting by with a little help from your friends…

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