I am disgusted with Internet censorshop (and the complicity ofÂ U.S. firms in it)Â and thereforeÂ delighted to read inÂ a Â New York Times article that, on December 1, computer scientists at the University of Toronto will release a program calledÂ psiphon (pronounced â€œSY-fonâ€) that I gather will beÂ a sort of peer-to-peer way for people in censored countries to access unfiltered content through cooperative hosts in uncensoredÂ nations. Here’s a snip from the Times:
“Psiphon is downloaded by a person in an uncensored country (psiphon.civisec.org), turning that personâ€™s computer into an access point. Someone in a restricted-access country can then log into that computer through an encrypted connection and using it as a proxy, gain access to censored sites. The programâ€™s designers say there is no evidence on the userâ€™s computer of having viewed censored material once they erase their Internet history after each use.”Â
Thanks toÂ Ronald Deibert, director of the University of Torontoâ€™s Citizen Lab, andÂ his team forÂ creating this workaround.
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Let the sunshine: A late tip of the hat toÂ The Sunshine Project a new effort based in Washington, D.C. that aims to enable citizens in the United States — where the censorshipÂ is a function of ignorance, laziness or inattention — toÂ better control their own government.Â Sunlight recently won an award from the Deutsche Welle Best of the Blogs awardÂ — an international honor.
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Podcast brochure: If you’re trying to wrap your mind around how to podcast, or trying to convince others to join you in the effort, download the lovely 12-page brochure (free with registration) produced by the web services firmÂ Akamai. It’s well illustrated and informative; something you can print and hand out, and use as a guide to acquiring further knowledge. I saw the reference on Paid Content which, coincidentally, wonÂ the Deutsche Welle award for best English weblog.