I know, It’s Too Political

But it's really worth watching. The program’s designers say existing anticensorship programs are too complicated for everyday computer users, leave evidence on the user’s computer and lack security in part because they have to be advertised publicly, making it easy for censors to detect and block access to them….

But it’s really worth watching.

The program’s designers say existing anticensorship programs are too complicated for everyday computer users, leave evidence on the user’s computer and lack security in part because they have to be advertised publicly, making it easy for censors to detect and block access to them.

“Now you will have potentially thousands, even tens of thousands, of private proxies that are almost impossible for censors to follow one by one,” said Qiang Xiao, director of the China Internet Project at the University of California, Berkeley.

Instead of publicly advertising the required login and password information, psiphon is designed to be shared within trusted social circles of friends, family and co-workers. This feature is meant to keep the program away from censors but is also the largest drawback because it limits efforts to get the program to as many people as possible. The program’s designers say existing anticensorship programs are too complicated for everyday computer users, leave evidence on the user’s computer and lack security in part because they have to be advertised publicly, making it easy for censors to detect and block access to them.

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

5 thoughts on “I know, It’s Too Political”

  1. That was an interesting read. See what happens when you stuff a whole bunch of college students under one roof? I can only imagine the programmers (or psiphonites?)on their laptops, crunching out code with gallons of coffee on the side and finally joicing that they’ve bypassed all the censors — “Take that, NetNanny!” AND it’s open source, too… my god, they really let the cat out of the bag on this one.

  2. This feature is meant to keep the program away from censors but is also the largest drawback because it limits efforts to get the program to as many people as possible.

  3. That was an interesting read. See what happens when you stuff a whole bunch of college students under one roof? I can only imagine the programmers (or psiphonites?

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