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Initial releaseMarch 2000; 24 years ago (2000-03)
Stable release
0.7.5 (Build 1492) (October 28, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-10-28)[2]) [±]
Written inJava
Operating systemCross-platform: Unix-like (Android, Linux, BSD, macOS), Microsoft Windows
Available inEnglish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Chinese[3]
TypeAnonymity application, peer-to-peer, friend-to-friend, overlay network, mix network, distributed data store
LicenseGNU General Public License

Freenet is a decentralized (hosted on many machines) network., It is censorship-resistant, which means it is not easy for anyone other than authors to remove content. The data is stored on many machines. Freenet was made by Ian Clarke. Freenet has a goal to provide freedom of speech and Freedom of information through a peer-to-peer network with protection of user's identity. Freenet works by putting together the volunteer bandwidth and storage space of member machines to allow users to anonymously publish (place or upload) or retrieve (get or download) different kinds of information. From a user's perspective, it can be thought of as simply a large storage device.

Freenet has been under continuous development since 2000; a version 1.0 has not yet been released but current builds are usable. The project has already seen a ground-up rewrite (redoing of programming) for version 0.7.[4] Freenet is free software.

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  1. "People". Freenet: The Free Network official website. 22 September 2008. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  2. "Releases · freenet/fred". github.com. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  3. Language specific versions of Freenet, GitHub: Freenet.
  4. "Freenet News". Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-08-02.