One group, Freenet China, used to introduce the Freenet software to Chinese users starting from 2001 and distribute it within China through e-mails and on disks after the group's website was blocked by the Chinese authorities on the mainland.


It was reported that in 2002 Freenet China had several thousand dedicated users.


Other modifications include switching from TCP to UDP, which allows UDP hole punching along with faster transmission of messages between peers in the network. Freenet 0.7.5, released on 12 June 2009, offers a variety of improvements over 0.7.


However, Freenet opennet traffic was blocked in China around the 2010s. ==Technical design== The Freenet file sharing network stores documents and allows them to be retrieved later by an associated key, as is now possible with protocols such as HTTP.


This problem was solved by making Freenet compatible with OpenJDK, a free and open source implementation of the Java Platform. On 11 February 2015, Freenet received the SUMA-Award for "protection against total surveillance." ==Features and user interface== Freenet served as the model for the Japanese peer to peer file-sharing programs Winny, Share and Perfect Dark, but this model differs from p2p networks such as Bittorrent and emule.


Owen, 2017 ONCJ 729 (CanLII), illustrated that Law Enforcement do in fact have a presence, after Peel Regional Police located who had been downloading illegal material on the Freenet network.

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