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Clarify bittorrent advice re: smaller files (Zeronet)

Reported by: torezen Owned by:
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Severity: Minor Keywords: bittorrent zeronet
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The Zeronet project serves web pages via Bittorrent, meaning that users are torrenting relatively small files (typically <10 MB). The default client offers optional Tor integration.

This seems to bypass the two primary reasons for not using Tor with Bittorrent: (1) the client software is specifically designed to work with Tor, reducing the risk of leaking one's IP address (the torrent peers appear to be .onion addresses rather than IP addresses); and (2) the amount of data being transferred is more comparable to ordinary web browsing than to the multi-gigabyte files typical of Bittorrent usage, reducing the burden imposed on the network.

It therefore seems from a lay perspective as though this is an exception to the usual principle against using Bittorrent with Tor, but there may be further issues that are not immediately apparent. It would be much appreciated if someone with relevant expertise could weigh in.

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