Monday, September 27, 2010

Clique Space(TM) and peer to peer.

The issue I deliberate here is how does Clique Space address the question of the clandestine nature of peer to peer communications.

I put forward that Clique Space will have absolutely no effect in bringing these communications under control if such communications happen entirely over a network that is completely isolated; that one might be able to completely curtail peer-to-peer is a nuisance notion that only appeared when people started to look at the internet through the blinkers of web servers.

However, Clique Space will be able to prohibit or at least, to model peer-to-peer activity if at least one of the participating devices were connected to a Clique Space, or if at least one component of the underlying network infrastructure was connected to a Clique Space. However, this may be unlikely if the number of parties involved are kept to a minimum; peer-to-peer usually involves only two devices. Even so, the internet is based on forwarding messages between nodes until the messages reach their destination, so if any intermediary node is connected to a Clique Space, this activity can at least be collected.

Clandestine data exchange will still just as likely occur, but Clique Space may provide a way to tap into a conversation and integrate it with a wider set of activity. Hence, the prospect of modelling peer-to-peer data exchanges may be policed within Clique Space. Clique Space was designed to model collaboration between two or more devices - including intermediary network devices - and this is exactly what a peer-to-peer exchange is.

Any undesirable activity that may transpire through peer-to-peer would necessitate the construction of separate network infrastructure; an exercise that becomes more intractable as lower layers of network activity are incorporated into a Clique Space device activity model.

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