BYPASSING INTERNET CENSORSHIP

16. February 2008, 23:34 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Censorship continues to be a problem on the Internet. While “more enlightened” western democracies legislate censorship by declaring various forms of expression illegal, various countries around the world block basic reference websites such as encyclopedias and news providers. While the former is difficult and time consuming to fight, those in less censored countries can easily help those with restricted net access view sites otherwise unavailable.

An interesting project of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto Munk Centre for International Studies called Psiphon promises to significantly change things for the better.

Psiphon basically acts as a private anonymous proxy. The application runs on a user system in an uncensored country. The system owner then tells those he may trust in a censored country the address of his system and provides them a log-on they can use to access the Psiphon node. Once logged in the visitor can surf the web wherever they wish (the connection is encrypted) and the only address that will show on any monitoring is that of the node — a presumably harmless and therefor unblocked machine. And as there is no special software installed on the machine in the censored country, there is nothing to show the use of the proxy.

Tools such as Psiphon, Martus and TOR are helping preserve freedom of information and privacy on an internet that is becoming increasingly hostile to both.

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