BitTorrent: Digital River of the Hacker Culture

by Eubanks, Nelson D

Abstract (Summary)
Bittorrent is a peer-to-peer protocol designed for the distribution of large digital files across a network of decentralized peer nodes. BitTorrent relies on mutual peer cooperation to ensure success and dominance as a preferred method for the sharing of digital data. BitTorrent is a form of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, which has generated much interest in popular culture. Created, released and refined on a free software model the BitTorrent protocol is an evolutionary P2P design internalizing the very foundations of hacker culture. While most academic study of Bittorrent is concentrated in the computer science field, there are many other interesting angles to examine. The protocol’s implications for libraries in the digital age are enormous. In this paper we will explore the BitTorrent revolution and consider this disruptor technology from a socio-technical perspective.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Benjamin Brunk

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:bittorrent peer to architecture computer networks libraries – future trends free software open source


Date of Publication:04/15/2005

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