P2P Foundation

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P2P Foundation
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Formation 2005; 12 years ago (2005)
Michel Bauwens
Website http://p2pfoundation.net

P2P Foundation: The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives is an organization with the aim of studying the impact of peer to peer technology and thought on society. It was founded by Michel Bauwens, James Burke and Brice Le Blévennec.[1]

The P2P Foundation is a registered institute founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its local registered name is: Stichting Peer to Peer Alternatives, dossier nr: 34264847.[2]


The P2P Foundation serves as a networking site for those who support developing peer to peer processes "for many systems within the current socio-economic and cultural-political order".[3] Its Choke Point Project aims to map the entire internet. It won the Golden Nica Award for "The Next Idea" 2011.[4]

Nakamoto controversy[edit]

Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, released one of the first papers describing bitcoin on the p2p website.[5] When Newsweek ran an article claiming Nakamoto is Dorian S. Nakamoto from Temple City, California, Nakamoto's user profile posted that he was not Dorian.[5][6] The p2p foundation verified that the account was the same account that posted one of the first papers describing bitcoin.[5][7] On September 2014, Nakamoto's p2p account was allegedly hacked and a post was made to his account that said his information was being sold on Darknet.[8][9]

Chokepoint Project[edit]

The Chokepoint project was established in 2011 following the Internet blackouts in Egypt and Libya.[10] The internet blackouts inspired two members of the P2P Foundation, James Burke and Chris Pinchen, to create the Chokepoint Project. The project's aim is to create a live visual map of the internet that identifies Chokepoints and people holding access to these Chokepoints. Chokepoints are defined as points of Internet access vulnerability. This map would potentially allow people to identify the degree and precise location of internet outages. Much of the data used for the mapping is supplied by volunteers.[11] The Chokepoint project also works to dispel the assumption that the internet is a decentralized medium that is not subject to government power.[12] For those who are subject to internet blackouts, the Chokepoint projects also provides methods of circumventing these chokepoints and information on legal matters regarding the internet blackouts.[10] The Chokepoint project was awarded the Prix Arts Electronica in May 2011 in the Next Idea category.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "An interview with Michel Bauwens founder of Foundation for P2P Alternatives". www.furtherfield.org. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  2. ^ Stichting Peer to Peer Alternatives, Open kvk, (Retrieved Jan. 6, 2015).
  3. ^ "P2P Foundation:About". p2pfoundation.net. 
  4. ^ Kat Austen. Ars Electronica celebrates subversion , New Scientist, CultureLab, 5 September 2011
  5. ^ a b c Catherine Shu, “Real” Satoshi Claims He Is Not Dorian Nakamoto, Tech Crunch, (March 6, 2014).
  6. ^ Ian Paul (7 March 2014). "Both Satoshi Nakamotos say accused Satoshi Nakamoto isn't Bitcoin's creator". PCWorld. 
  7. ^ Julianne Pepitone. "Desperately Seeking Satoshi: Bitcoin Creator Hunt Turns Bizarre". NBC News. 
  8. ^ "Bitcoin open source implementation of P2P currency". ning.com. 
  9. ^ Jeremy Kirk (9 September 2014). "Will Bitcoin's creator be unmasked for $12,000?". PCWorld. 
  10. ^ a b "Chokepoint project introduction". p2pfoundation.ning.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  11. ^ Austen, Kat. "Subversive apps help citizens fight state silencing". New Scientist. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Prix Ars Electronica 2011 – ...and the Golden Nicas go to... - voestalpine". www.voestalpine.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  13. ^ "James Burke - The Next Speaker". The Next Speaker. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 

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