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P2P Foundation

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P2P Foundation
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Formation2005; 16 years ago (2005)
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
Michel Bauwens

P2P Foundation: The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives is an organization with the aim of studying the impact of peer to peer technology and thought on society. It was founded by Michel Bauwens, James Burke and Brice Le Blévennec.[1]

The P2P Foundation is a registered institute founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Its local registered name is: Stichting Peer to Peer Alternatives, dossier nr: 34264847.[2]

It won the Golden Nica Award for "The Next Idea" 2011[3] and for "Digital Communities" in 2016.[4]

Nakamoto controversy[edit]

Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, released one of the first papers describing bitcoin on the p2p website.[5] When Newsweek ran an article claiming Nakamoto is Dorian S. Nakamoto from Temple City, California, Nakamoto's user profile posted that he was not Dorian.[5][6] The p2p foundation verified that the account was the same account that posted one of the first papers describing bitcoin.[5][7] On September 2014, Nakamoto's p2p account was allegedly hacked and a post was made to his account that said his information was being sold on Darknet.[8]

Chokepoint Project[edit]

The Chokepoint project seeks to create a live visual map of the internet that identifies points of Internet access vulnerability, and those who control them. This map would potentially allow people to identify the degree and precise location of internet outages. Much of the data used for the mapping is supplied by volunteers.[9] The Chokepoint project also works to dispel the assumption that the internet is a decentralized medium that is not subject to government power.[10] The Chokepoint project was awarded the Prix Arts Electronica in May 2011 in the Next Idea category.[11]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Society : 2020 Lafayette Square protest, Jigglr, Fire Drill Fridays, Worood Zuhair, Decentralization, 2020–2021 United States racial unrest, 2018–2021 Arab protests
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  • Post-scarcity economy
  • Peer production
  • Commons-based peer production
  • Adhocracy
  • Emergent democracy
  • P2P economic system
  • Sharing economy
  • Distributed economy
  • Network economy
  • Open design
  • Open-source movement
  • Open source hardware
  • Open Source Ecology
  • Daemon & Freedom™
  • Digital revolution
  • Commonfare
  • Convergence Festival
  • Social peer-to-peer processes


  1. "An interview with Michel Bauwens founder of Foundation for P2P Alternatives". www.furtherfield.org. 2011-07-01. Archived from the original on 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2011-09-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Stichting Peer to Peer Alternatives[permanent dead link], Open kvk, (Retrieved Jan. 6, 2015).
  3. Kat Austen. Ars Electronica celebrates subversion , New Scientist, CultureLab, 5 September 2011
  4. Martin Hieslmair. The 2016 Golden Nicas, Ars Electronica blog, 10th May 2016
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Catherine Shu, “Real” Satoshi Claims He Is Not Dorian Nakamoto, Tech Crunch, (March 6, 2014).
  6. Ian Paul (7 March 2014). "Both Satoshi Nakamotos say accused Satoshi Nakamoto isn't Bitcoin's creator". PCWorld.
  7. Julianne Pepitone. "Desperately Seeking Satoshi: Bitcoin Creator Hunt Turns Bizarre". NBC News.
  8. Jeremy Kirk (9 September 2014). "Will Bitcoin's creator be unmasked for $12,000?". PCWorld.
  9. Austen, Kat. "Subversive apps help citizens fight state silencing". New Scientist. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  10. "Prix Ars Electronica 2011 – ...and the Golden Nicas go to... - voestalpine". www.voestalpine.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  11. "James Burke - The Next Speaker". The Next Speaker. Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-11-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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