On the PET Workshop Panel “Mix Cascades Versus Peer-to-Peer: Is One Concept Superior?”
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- Böhme R., Danezis G., Díaz C., Köpsell S., Pfitzmann A. (2005) On the PET Workshop Panel “Mix Cascades Versus Peer-to-Peer: Is One Concept Superior?”. In: Martin D., Serjantov A. (eds) Privacy Enhancing Technologies. PET 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3424. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Editors’ note. Following the panel discussion on Mix Cascades versus P2P at PET 2004, we invited the original panel proposers to write a summary of the discussion for the proceedings. This is their contribution.
After almost two decades of research on anonymous network communication the development has forked into two main directions, namely Mix cascades and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. As these design options have implications on the achievable anonymity and performance, this paper aims to elaborate the advantages and disadvantages of either concept. After clarifying the scope of the discussion, we present arguments for Mix cascades and P2P designs on multiple areas of interest: the level of anonymity, the incentives to cooperate, aspects of availability, and performance issues. Pointed thesis and antithesis are given for both sides, before a final synthesis tries to articulate the status quo of the discussion.
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