Defeating the Internet’s enemies
Last week, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) named the worst enemies of the internet. It’s little surprise that some countries censor the internet like they censor other forms of media since they fear letting their population have unrestricted access to free media. China unsurprisingly lands in the top ten worst again. This is very problematic since China is very soon to be the largest internet using country in the world, surpassing even the United States, but does not even have basic political freedoms like freedom of information which is so crucial for the internet age.
However, Canadian hacktivist (internet rights activist), Ronald Deibert has a solution to this problem. Deibert heads the Citizen Lab working out the University of Toronto, and they have been developing a program to circumvent internet censorhsip. This program is called psiphon and is a free, easy to use download expected to be launched from their website this December 1st. Psiphon works by someone downloading and installing it in a country where the internet is not censored (like North America). After installing it, the user communicates by telephone with friends or family in the censored region, giving them an 11 character web adress. This address connects them to the computer with psiphon installed where they enter a username and password supplied by their contact. The person can then surf the net at will through their contact’s computer.
Since no software is actually installed on the computer in the censored region, there is no incriminating evidence if the authorities seize the machine. All communications between computers running psiphon are encrypted, in the same way online money transfers are encrypted, making psiphon indistinguishable from millions of financial transactions going on at the same time. And since psiphon is a personal system, with a web address known by only a few trusted people, it is virtually impossible for the authorities to block every individual psiphon user. The only way psiphon users could be caught is if their contacts betray them, but psiphon is ment to be used is trusted relationships. I think I adequetly explained how psiphon works, but more detailed information can be found on their website: Psiphon
So I encourage you who live in countries where the internet is unrestricted to go and get psiphon for any friends and family you have living in censored regions. Help defeat internet censorship; people should have the right to free information access.
I think I just got this blog blacklisted in China, Bardick.
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