Is Rodi BitTorrent’s Replacement?
Rodi is a small-client P2P application, written in Java, that improves on BitTorrent by allowing both content searches and full anonymity. Itâ€™s released under the General Public License (GNU). The client can be accessed here.
Even your IP address can be hidden using Rodi through a process called “bouncing.” That is, if A wants a file from B, they get C to agree to stand-in on the exchange. B gets Câ€™s IP address, not Aâ€™s. Through IP Spoofing A can even hide their identity from C.
Rodi can also be used from behind corporate firewalls and LANs using Network Address Translation (NATs), something most home gateways have.
The person behind Rodi (the name means pomegranate in Greek) identifies himself only as LaryTet, an Israeli male living in Tel Aviv. He is publicizing his creation because he wants some help, both financial and technical, in making the user interface something that anyone can use.
Despite all these advances, LaryTet does not believe p2p technologies will stay ahead of the Copyright Police. “It depends on how tolerant ISPs are going to be to the â€˜parasiticâ€™ traffic,” he told Integrity P2P. “Traffic analyzers can be very effective. Enforcement of this or that policy is technologically possible today and getting cheaper and easier every minute.” When ISPs are content owners ? as with AOL ? there is a huge financial incentive to control IP access centrally. ” I guess that Rodi will not survive 10 years, but I hope that some ideas from Rodi will,” he concludes.