The Internet Archive Makes One Million Files Available Via BitTorrent
It's a huge day for education, and it's proof that P2P networks can be used to spread good. It'd cost a fortune for a single non-profit to host all of the files on their own FTP, but by using P2P networks, that strain is spread over many more computers and users. To download the torrent file from an archive.org details page, click the torrent link at the bottom of the download box; your BitTorrent protocol-based client can use the torrent file you get to download all the files in the Archive item, including the original item files, plus all derivative and metadata files. Individual files can be selected (or deselected) from the list within most BitTorrent protocol-based clients, allowing torrent files to be used to retrieve both an entire item, or, a specific subset of files within it.
The Internet Archive has also admitted that it's starting to track some of those statistics, and it'll be interesting to see how many folks take 'em up on the offer. Freedom of information! Yeah!