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Salon: Information just wants to be Freenet

Aug 29, 2000, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Damien Cave)

"About a year ago, Rob Kramer read about Freenet and wanted to get involved. The recording industry hadn't yet sued Napster, "peer-to-peer" was still not a buzzword and Ian Clarke, the creator of this Napster-like network called Freenet, was still an unknown Irish programmer. But Kramer -- who had only recently sold his stake in Moving Pixels, an animation company -- saw value in Freenet's decentralized file-sharing network, and contacted Clarke just days after finding the Freenet Web site."

"Now the fruits of that correspondence can be seen. Or rather, they can almost be seen. Uprizer, the company that Kramer and Clarke have formed, remains mysterious. There is no Web site, and when I talked to Kramer, who is the CEO, he refused to say when the Los Angeles company would release its first product. He also refused to talk about funding except to say, "We have some." Even the number of employees remains a secret."

"Is Uprizer trying to be the Transmeta of P2P? Kramer, 40, says that he is reticent to talk because the details are still being worked out. "Ian [Clarke] is only now on his way here to California," he says."

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