From the #freenet IRC channel at freenode.net:
toad_1: what can freenet do well already?
I can simply go online, upload a file, send the key to a friend and go offline. the friend can then retrieve the file, even though I am already offline without needing a central server.
and nobody can eavesdrop.
it might be kinda slow, but it actually makes it easy to publish stuff: via jSite, floghelper and others.
floghelper is cool: spam-resistant anonymous blogging without central server
and freereader is, too (even though it needs lots of polish): forward RSS feeds into freenet
you can actually exchange passwords in a safe way via freemail: anonymous email with an integrated web-interface and imap access.
… I think I should store this conversation somewhere
which I hereby did - I hope you enjoyed this little insight into the #freenet channel :)
And if you grew interested, why not install freenet yourself? It only takes a few clicks via webstart and you’re part of the censorship-resistant web.
toad alias Matthew Toseland is the main developer of freenet. He tends to see more of the remaining challenges and fewer of the achievements than me - which is a pretty good trait for someone who builds a system to which we might have to entrust our basic right of free speech if the world goes on like this. From a PR perspective it is a pretty horrible trait, though, because he tends to forget to tell people what freenet can already do well :) ↩
The European Copyright directive threatens online communication in Europe.
But thanks to massive shared action earlier this year, the European parliament can still prevent the problems. For each of the articles there are proposals which fix them. The parliamentarians (MEPs) just have to vote for them. And since they are under massive pressure from large media companies, that went as far as defaming those who took action as fake people, the MEPs need to hear your voice to know that your are real.
If you care about the future of the Internet in the EU, please Call your MEPs.