opennets are only bad in certain circumstances. The USA is not yet one
of them. With a darknet, it may be harder to get into the network, but
once your in it's a LOT easier to identify who is sharing and
inserting what files. So it could be argued that a darknet is much
riskier than an opennet. In a darknet, everyone else pretty much knows
who you are. As soon as one computer on the net gets compromised or
one person decides they don't like what you're doing, you're all
pretty much screwed. I mean, I'm no expert on darknets, but it seems
that if you only have 5 or 10 connections, and you always have the
same connections, and you have IRC logs swapping node refs and, better
yet, the actual node ref...it would be pretty easy to figure out what
nodes host what files. In an opennet, this kind of thing is expected
and protected against.

With 10 connections, the data that could intercepted by one attacker
is roughly 10%.  The problem is the attacker doesn't know how many
connections you have, so you could just be passing on data from any
number of connections you have.
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death, your right to say it. - Voltaire
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