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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Dec 2010 @ 8:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: first poster

    You see only in an open and free place people don't use those things and they are relegated to illegal activities, but once privacy and rights start to crumble everyone will start to use it so the illegal stuff takes a second place.

    Tor is distributed in internet cafe's in China. Retroshare, GNUNet are great to communicate and share data, most programmers understand how DPI works analyzing traffic patterns and devised ways to counteract that.

    We have come a long way since the days in Greece where people rolled a piece of cloth on a stick and wrote on it(maybe the first steganography attempt).

    Every government that attempted to curtail the flow of information failed, not a single one succeeded in history.

    Just some recent events:

    - IPRED was created in Sweden, most people just started using VPN's that are outside the jurisdiction of that government, but still is not the state of the art in stealth although good enough for the moment.

    - Japan have some of the most strict laws in the world regarding imaginary goods, until recently search engines couldn't even function there because of the law, not to mention privacy laws. Is so strict that you can't show peoples face on TV you have to blur them and modify their voices and still companies bypass that using contracts and the public using Winny(encrypted anonymous filesharing program).

    - In China internet cafe's give people TOR so they can navigate what they want.

    - In Italy there was this push to censor the media to control it better, which kickstarted a dozen projects to bypass that like Osiris-SP.

    - In France you have dozens of projects aiming at securing peoples rights. With the most famous one that is growing fast being Jamendo.

    It is a circle, all of this happened before, those in power forget why those rules are there and why they were put there.

    In your case you care about copyrights, but you don't seem to know the history of it. Once in the U.K. copyrights were abolished because of abuse of the monopolies granted to others that lead to a revolt that cost the heads of the noble and priests, only to be recreated in a watered down fashion years latter.

    There is this inherent drive for freedom in society and that is what undermines the attempts to control it.

    Marquis de Sade, Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac all lived in different eras and they wrote exactly about the same subject(freedom), the libertines in the middle ages the beatnicks of the 60's, the hippies of the 70's, the punks of the 80's, the EMO's of the 90's, they are all the same thing. When people in power cross that line that balances the fragile need for freedom and order things get ugly, because trust is broken and without trust there is no psyops capable of regaining the hearts and minds of people.

    It is funny how something deemed cheesy nowadays is so important for stability.

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