Technology to Circumvent Censorship


Well, I was thinking hard whether I shall blog on that or not. But then a friend of mine brought up a valid point: I am always claiming that a lot of issues on the Internet are missing a public debate yet, what is more important – and this might well be one of those.


I do not want to take a position here and I am clear, looking at the map of my visitors, that the debate would be pretty one-sided:



However, it is an interesting project: http://psiphon.civisec.org/ and if you want to know the details: http://psiphon.civisec.org/samples/psiphon_guide.pdf


To quote from their website:


psiphon is a human rights software project developed by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies that allows citizens in uncensored countries to provide unfettered access to the Net through their home computers to friends and family members who live behind firewalls of states that censor.


Living in a European country it is normal for me to have the freedom of speech and it is interesting and encouraging to see that the debates on what people want on the web as well is going to happen


Roger

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Back in March I blogged on a Technology to Circumvent Censorship . I actually expected some dialogue

  2. Shoaib Yousuf says:

    Hi Roger,

    Interesting post. My opinion is exactly opposite to your one. I think if any particular website is blocked by government – it must be blocked for a reason/s. As a good citizen which abide by the law.

    I am not sure but it might be a legal issue that user is visiting a website which is not allowed by actual government of the country.

    It will be interesting to see other people views on it.

    Cheers

    Shoaib

  3. Nathan Endingler says:

    Hello,

    While reading through some posts on here I came across this one and felt I would give my thoughts on the subject.  I dislike being censored and told what I can or can not look at.  I like my freedoms and not being able to exercise them would send me into a frenzy.  Through some research (which I was freely allowed to do without my government censoring me), I found other countries with very restrictive governments that do not allow citizens to use things like Wikipedia or Google.  I use a proxy server to protect myself and my information while online so I am not the victim of ID theft….in some of these other countries people need to use proxy servers to blog or search for news article through a proxy server because they face harsh punishments (in some cases including death).  This recent <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/Anonymous_Proxy/Private_Proxy/prweb870204.htm"&gt;

    press release</a> I found outlines some privacy/censorship issues and some newer features related to proxy servers.