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P2P, an acronym for Peer-to-Peer, is a network model in which each node (or "peer") functions both as a client and a server. This model allows nodes to share resources, such as files or bandwidth, directly with each other without the need for a central server. P2P networks are used for various purposes, including file sharing, real-time communications, and cryptocurrencies. Due to its decentralized nature, P2P can be more robust and fault-tolerant compared to traditional client-server models.

A common example of the use of P2P technology is file sharing. Programs like BitTorrent allow users to download files from other users (peers) rather than from a central server. This method distributes the traffic load and increases download speed, as files are downloaded in small pieces from many sources simultaneously. Besides file sharing, P2P networks are also used in communication applications like Skype, which initially used a P2P model for VoIP calls, and in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, where the blockchain is maintained by a network of P2P nodes.

In Switzerland, P2P technologies are used by both consumers and businesses for a variety of applications. Swiss universities and research centers often use P2P networks for distributing large datasets and collaborating on research projects. In the financial sector, blockchain-based solutions using P2P technologies are gaining traction to improve transaction security and transparency. However, as in many other countries, the use of P2P for sharing copyrighted content is monitored and regulated to prevent piracy. Swiss authorities and internet service providers work together to ensure that the use of P2P networks complies with copyright laws.

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