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Chapter 23. Sharing Images, Audio, and V... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

Current initiatives in the world of peer-to-peer include Intel’s Peer-to-Peer Working Group and Peer-to-Peer Trusted Library, and Sun’s Project Juxtapose (JXTA). These initiatives aim to help build standards, protocols, and best practices so that corporate developers can focus on business applications for peer-to-peer technologies rather than building the infrastructure themselves. Some of the issues these initiatives currently address include the increased requirements for security, management, and interoperability that peer-to-peer requires as opposed to the standard client-server model. Business users are understandably nervous about opening their personal computers to resource sharing and for others to search and access.

The same issues apply on the consumer side as well. The main barriers around peer-to-peer are the copyright issues and the security and trust issues that come with exposing one’s desktop to the world. Peer-to-peer can be a highly beneficial application that can enable productivity and enhance collaboration. The challenge is to do so in a manner that is legal and which respects your privacy and security.


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