As Governments Get Censorship Happy, New Technologies Popping Up To Route Around That
from the damage dept
So if you're in China, and you want access to a banned site like YouTube, you just type YouTube.com into your browser, and the Telex station will see that connection, and disguise it as something innocuous. You might be watching YouTube, but to a censor, it will just seem as if you're visiting a harmless, non-blocked site.But that's not the only new technology popping up. Via Ross Pruden, we learn about a relatively new offering, called Where's The Party? which is designed as a "censorship-resistant mirror network." Basically it's a system that will mirror content more easily.
What's interesting also, is that this alerted me to Streisand.me, a project that is connected to Where's The Party? Streisand.me is (as you might have guessed) a mirroring system for content that is targeted in an attack likely to bring about a Streisand Effect response. I had no idea Streisand.me existed, despite my minor claim to fame of having coined the phrase "Streisand Effect." I have to say that's pretty cool...
But the larger point remains: as various governments move more towards trying to censor the web, technologists will create the technologies that make each of those efforts obsolete before they can get very far.