Notice: GNUnet is still undergoing major development. It is largely not yet ready for usage beyond developers
GNUnet is a new network protocol stack for building secure, distributed, and privacy-preserving applications. With strong roots in academic research, our goal is to replace the old insecure Internet protocol stack.
GNUnet is made for a free and open society: It’s a self-organizing network and it is free software as in freedom. GNUnet puts you in control of your data. You determine which data to share with whom, and you’re not pressured to accept compromises.
The ICANN Annual General Meeting is concluded. We were invited to join a panel discussion on Emerging Internet Identifier Technologies in order to share our ideas and work on the GNU Name System (GNS)… [read more]
We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.11.8. This is a hotfix release for 0.11.7. As always: In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a large number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users. Also, the nascent network is tiny (about 200 peers) and thus unlikely to provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information. As a result, the 0.11.8 release is still only suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance… [read more]
We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.11.7. This is a bugfix release for 0.11.6, fixing a lot of minor bugs, improving stability and code quality. Further, win32 support was removed for reasons you may read below. In this release, we again improved the webpage in general and updated our documentation. As always: In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a large number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users. Also, the nascent network is tiny (about 200 peers) and thus unlikely to provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information. As a result, the 0.11.7 release is still only suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance… [read more]
GNUnet invited to ICANN Panel
We are delighted to announce that ICANN has invited the GNUnet project to speak at the next ICANN Annual General Meeting. We have been invited to join a panel discussion on Emerging Internet Identifier Technologies in order to share our ideas and work on the GNU Name System (GNS). ICANN generously offered to cover travel and accomodation… [read more]
The conventional Internet is currently like a system of roads with deep potholes and highwaymen all over the place. Even if you still can use the roads (e.g. send emails, or browse websites) your vehicle might get hijacked, damaged, or long arms might reach into its back and steal your items (data) to use it against you and sell it to others – while you can’t even notice the thievery nor accuse and hold the scroungers accountable.
The Internet is broken
Protocols from Ethernet and IP to BGP and X.509 PKI are insecure by default: protecting against address forgery, routers learning metadata, or choosing trustworthy CAs is nontrivial and sometimes impossible.
GNUnet provides privacy by design, improving addressing, routing, naming and content distribution in a technically robust manner – as opposed to ad-hoc designs in place today.
Decentralization is hard
Instead of sharing common components and tools for building P2P systems, every P2P project seems to re-invent the wheel. This heightens the effort and increases the potential number of vulnerabilities.
GNUnet is a metadata-preserving foundation for your application, covering areas from addressing to reliable bidirectional Axolotl-encrypted channels, with advanced routing. Our work is based on continuous research spanning almost two decades.
Metadata is exposed
Your metadata is just as revealing as the actual content; and it gets exposed on the Internet. Even though transport encryption is increasingly being deployed on the Internet, it still reveals data that can threaten democracy: the identities of senders and receivers, the times, frequency and the volume of communication are all still revealed. GNUnet addresses these concerns with perfect forward secrecy via ephemeral public key addressing, fixed packet size to hinder traffic analysis, layered encryption, Sybil-resistant routing, and more.
Freedoms are not respected
Today, monitoring increasingly centralized infrastructure, proprietary implementations, traffic shapers and firewalls restrict all of the essential freedoms to various degrees.
GNUnet gives users freedoms to securely access information (“run” the network), to study all aspects of the network’s operation (“access the code”), to distribute information (“copy”), as well as the freedom to deploy new applications (“modify”).
GNU Taler (Alpha)
GNU Taler is a new privacy-preserving electronic payment system. Payments are cryptographically secured and are confirmed within milliseconds with extremely low transaction costs.
The GNU Name System
The GNU Name System (GNS) is a fully decentralized replacement for the Domain Name System (DNS). Instead of using a hierarchy, GNS uses a directed graph. Naming conventions are similar to DNS, but queries and replies are private even with respect to peers providing the answers. The integrity of records and privacy of look-ups is cryptographically secured.
re:claimID is a decentralized Identity Provider (IdP) service built in top of the GNU Name System. It allows users to securely share personal information with websites using standardized protocols (OpenID Connect).
GNUnet filesharing is an application that aims to provide censorship-resistant, anonymous filesharing. The publisher is empowered to make a gradual choice between performance and anonymity.
GNUnet conversation is an application that provides secure voice communication in a fully decentralized way by employing GNUnet for routing and transport.
secushare is creating a decentralized social networking application on top of GNUnet. Using overlay multicast and the extensible PSYC protocol, notifications are distributed end-to-end encrypted to authorized recipients only.
pretty Easy privacy
pretty Easy privacy (p≡p) is creating a usable end-to-end encrypted e-mail solution using opportunistic key exchange. p≡p will use GNUnet to protect metadata and exploit new cryptographic protocols to verify keys.