The Pirate Party is a Swedish party that has three main goals: Protected privacy, free knowledge and shared culture. They are making a bid for the Swedish parliament in the upcoming election and just introduced the worlds first commercial darknet called Relakks. Let us take a look at the definition of Relakks that you find on service's Internet website.
"Relakks provides services to help individuals to assure the security and integrity of their information. Relakks' responsibility stems from the strong Swedish tradition of protecting the integrity of private life and all forms of communication between individuals. "
Basically Relakks is a service that lets you surf the web anonymously using everything that you do normally including web surfing, p2p networks, usenet, ftp downloads, irc and everything else that you can think of. How is this achieved?
“The Service consists of an encrypted VPN tunnel between your computer and RELAKKS. The IP-number you receive from your existing ISP is only used to connect your computer to RELAKKS, from there on RELAKKS substitute your existing IP-number with a new IP-number from RELAKKS. This gives you a number of advantages
So, it is a virtual private network service that you can sign up for so that your "real" IP is not used to communicate with Internet servers and services directly.
The creators guarantee the same speeds that your connections allows without slowdowns. You might want to take a look at the following topics that are answered on the Relakks website: Security, Question & Answers, Legal.
The service is not free but costs 5$ a month which is not a huge sum compared to the advantages and security that you gain by using the service. A yearly subscription costs 50$.
If I get enough response I might give the service a try and write about it later on. Let me know.
Update: You can now sign up for an account and contact support for a 48 hour trial run of the service.
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