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, 27 Dec 2010 @ 6:57am

    Re: Re:

    The same answer as always: There isn't any 100% solutions, if you are really willing to work hard at it, there will always be a way to get some traffic through. It might takes months to get enough traffic to watch a youtube video, but if that is what you desire, there you go.

    However, it would be clear, running software to do that sort of thing would make your activities high suspicious. Over time, authorities can figure out your traffic without even having to really decrypt it, only looking at patterns and sources.

    Those countries who want to control the internet do so mostly be controlling the flow into the country. Just as the price of your computer comes down, so does the price of the tools they need to do things like deep packet inspections and pattern matching. Cat and mouse, and when they win, someone disappears for a long time.

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