Country’s economy plays role in Internet file-sharing patterns

8 octubre 2014

Peer-to-peer file sharing over the Internet is a popular alternative approach for people worldwide to get the digital content they want. But little is known about these users and systems because data is lacking. Now, in an unprecedented study of BitTorrent users, a research team has discovered two behavior patterns: most users are content specialists — sharing music but not movies, for example; and users in countries with similar economies tend to download similar types of content.