Building A Censor-Resistant Web?

from the one-option dept

With recent efforts to take down various websites, which we've been documenting here on Techdirt, there's been increasing discussions about ways to create a more "censor-proof" internet. We've discussed the idea of a decentralized DNS system and now Aaron Swartz is proposing a "censor-resistant web" system that makes use of hashes and authentication certificates. It's an interesting idea, though it does seem like there are a lot of moving parts, which might make it more difficult to implement. Either way, as we've been predicting for a while now, a lot of the events of the past few months have really only served to expose bottleneck intermediaries and to alert people to infrastructure that needs to be more decentralized.
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    Jose_X, 25 Dec 2010 @ 8:51pm

    Re: Re: first poster

    >> and just as much as people try to hide their activities, they actually make themselves more obvious.

    What activities are you talking about people hiding?

    Avoiding censoring is not about hiding but about making sure that information can be found by as many people as possible.

    >> There isn't anyone out there planning a completely seperate network

    Well, if the laws are fair, people will abide, but if the laws are not, eventually you will see people disregarding frequency allocation and other government imposed restrictions as they build their own other networks.

    Also, if the intent was to hide, then that already happens through encryption. Encryption need not be obvious. Can you differentiate that an https session to a shopping site isn't actually transferring something else for those that know the secret password? Can you figure out that a long list of files transferred over a few days using various routes actually includes hidden bits of information that the target can assemble in the end?

    Anyway, file sharing (if this is what you are getting at) means just that, sharing files. I don't see how you can make communication between people illegal without invoking a tremendous backlash.

    >> Piracy is still piracy

    I took a sneak and got a clue that perhaps you were talking about alleged copyright violations (aka "piracy").

    I'm not sure what this has to do with censoring, but since you bring this up, I would also like to bring to attention that people should start demanding "open content" from those they patron. Give money to those that share rights with you. Don't patron those that want to own your culture.

    Also, people can complain to their government representatives about damage they belive locking up of culture is doing to their financial and social well-being.

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