Why Freenet? Why now?
Ian Clarke talks about why he created Freenet and why today’s world needs it more than even:
Well, since Freenet is a publication mechanism, the only way that terrorists could really use it would be to share information with the general public, such as why they must resort to terrorism. Personally, I think this is a good thing. I grew up in Ireland, parts of which have suffered from terrorism for most of my youth. One thing that taught me was that the only way to resolve issues such as terrorism is to understand the other point of view. Simply dismissing people as “evil” won’t do anything to resolve the problem.
Ironically, 9/11 and the new, oppressive laws which followed it in the ironically named “Patriot Act” has made people realize that we might need something like Freenet sooner than anybody thought. I have received numerous e-mails from people inspired to support Freenet out of fears surrounding the government reaction to 9/11.