We use our own dedicated Tor-like network for anonymous torrent downloading. We implemented and enhanced the Tor protocol specifications plus merged them with Bittorrent streaming. Tribler includes our own Tor-like onion routing network with hidden services based seeding and end-to-end encryption.
The aim of Tribler is giving anonymous access to online (streaming) videos. We are trying to make privacy, strong cryptography and authentication the Internet norm.
Tribler currently offers a Youtube-style service. For instance, Bittorrent-compatible streaming, fast search, thumbnail previews and comments. For the past 11 years we have been building a very robust Peer-to-Peer system. Today Tribler is robust: “the only way to take Tribler down is to take The Internet down” (but a single software bug could end everything).
The idea behind this application is amazing. Basically the weakest link when it comes to BitTorrent is that website serving BitTorrent content gets banned all the time, but Tribler works without the need of any website, searching for files independently of websites. It also connects anonymously which removes the need for a separate VPN. And you can also play video files while downloading them. The biggest downside is that Tribler tries to “incentivize” people to upload and it does that by giving users tokens for their upload data that then can trade for better download speeds. This is ruining the purpose of this application – however considering the rarity of such an application, it is still very usable even if you don’t engage into trades.