The idea of webcache is to upload the shared data into an ISP proxy and leave it there for other clients to download.
Pros and cons, as seen by the Team
- The most evident pro, and the main purpose of it, is that web proxies have a lot of bandwidth and very high speed so the data sharing speeds should be greatly boosted.
- Also, P2P clients generate heavy traffic on ISPs since they open and close lots of connections in very little time and send/receive large amounts of data. Using webcache would stop these connections from going through the ISPs since they would only get to the ISPs' proxies.
- Since all your data (or some of it) would pass through your ISP's proxy, your ISP would know what you are sharing, so your privacy would suffer greatly.
- If you encrypt your traffic then you can't use webcache anyways. Encrypting e.g. with the openssl library like https or ssh does would mean an extension to the edonkey protocol but that should be possible with backwards compatibility.
- It is not clear whether using ISPs' web proxies for things other than web data is legal. Even if it was in your country, legislation are different from state to state, so clients try to conform to the broadest possible range of legislation to keep their users from having unpleasant experiencies with the law. Also, allthough the webcache feature might be better for your ISP, it can be bad if the traffic is too high, so you might have your ISP breaking the contract with you and leaving you without connection.
- Like it or not, webcache at large scale becomes a DDoS to the ISP's http cache servers. The ISPs' clients will notice a worse quality of the service, and ISPs will blame the webcache, being right. What's worse: P2P developers that support webcache could be sued for developing DDoS tools and invite people to use it, ISPs can say they are losing clients because of the quality the lost in their services, and so, P2P developer teams could have big problems.
- The P2P networks are being heavily tracked by some governments since they believe they are used for illegal purposes. There is a popular saying: "if it works, don't touch it". Well, that applies it here.
There are already some clients out there supporting webcache. Most of them are eMule mods. We do NOT recommend using them. These mods bring down the P2P reputation and by using them you contribute in doing so.
This topic is NOT open for discussion.