Posts tagged “Circumvention”

Psiphon helps Syrian activists avoid web censors

Late last year, Syrian activists found their Internet connections blocked. In need of a way to communicate, they turned to a Canadian technology company to deliver the networking system. “The request was channelled through a number of different sources. They wanted a way of getting around Internet censorship,” says Rafal Rohozinski, CEO of the Psiphon Inc.

Agency uses circumvention tools to advance democracy

Source: NextGov

The agency that once set up transmitters in Europe to overcome the Soviet Union’s attempts to jam Voice of America’s shortwave radio broadcasts is now deploying advanced Web proxy and IP address shielding technology to jump online firewalls that block the country-specific websites for VOA, Radio Free Asia and other government-funded news agencies under the purview of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

New Reports on Circumvention Tool Usage, International Bloggers, and Internet Control

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University has released three new publications as part of their circumvention project. Over the past two years, the Center has carried out a number of research activities designed to improve our understanding of the knowledge, usage, and effectiveness of circumvention tools as a means to promote access to information online in repressive online environments.

Tehran Casts A Cold Eye Over U.S. Shadow Internet Efforts

Source: Radio Free Europe

Iran has warned the United States over efforts to deploy shadow Internet services in repressive countries such as the Persian Gulf state, where the Internet is heavily censored, and said it would lead to a backlash against the U.S.

The global effort by the Obama administration to circumvent Internet censorship was reported on June 12 by the New York Times:

The New York Times story was picked up and posted on many Iranian news websites who described it as a “psychological operation” by the Obama administration to create unrest and topple its adversaries.

For full original article, see here

Over the Firewall and into the Fire

“The Freedom House report Leaping over the Firewall is a new report designed to help users understand, evaluate and select a tool or series of tools for security, privacy, anonymity, and most importantly, for circumventing Internet censorship.

As a long time developer with The Tor Project and as a member of the circumvention community, I feel that it is important to set the record straight about a number of issues. My motivation for writing this response is to inform readers of the serious concerns that many people, myself included, have about the recent Freedom House report. I am always pleased to see more analysis of censorship circumvention and Internet security tools, but I have concerns about this report’s methodologies and resulting conclusions.”

From Global Voices

Freedom House: Internet Censorship Circumvention Tools Effective, Lack Security

As the Internet plays a major role in organizing protests and disseminating information across the Middle East and other parts of the world, a report released Tuesday by the human rights organization, Freedom House, tells how Internet censorship circumvention tools are effective in navigating around censors. But the report warns about the security implications of such software.

Cormac Callanan, head of Dublin-based Aconite Internet Solutions and an author of the report, urged caution when using censorship circumvention tools.

“Circumvention is not security,” said Callanan. “Security, anonymity and privacy are important and do need to be addressed. For end users, we can only repeat that security is more than a single circumvention tool. And that it becomes a way of life.”

From Voice of America

U.S. trains activists worldwide in phone, Internet protection

“WASHINGTON – The United States is training thousands of cell phone and Internet pro-democracy campaigners worldwide to evade security forces in what it calls a “cat-and-mouse game” with authoritarian governments.

The U.S. government is sponsoring efforts to help activists in Arab and other countries gain access to technology that circumvents government firewalls, secures telephone text and voice messages, and prevents attacks on websites.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is campaigning hard for freedoms of expression, assembly and association online – what she calls the world’s town square or coffee house of the 21st century.”

From The Vancouver Sun

Google spends $1 million on censorship and throttling detection

“Google has awarded $1 million to Georgia Tech researchers so that they can develop simple tools to detect Internet throttling, government censorship, and other “transparency” problems.

That money will cover two years of work at Georgia Tech, with an additional $500,000 extension possible if Google wants an extra year of development. At the end of the project, the Georgia Tech team hopes to provide “a suite of Web-based, Internet-scale measurement tools that any user around the world could access for free. With the help of these tools, users could determine whether their ISPs are providing the kind of service customers are paying for, and whether the data they send and receive over their network connections is being tampered with by governments and/or ISPs.”

From Ars Technica