Circumvention tools ALLOW USERS TO BYPASS Internet filtering to access content otherwise blocked by GOVERNMENTS...

Article published on Oct. 18, 2010
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Article published on Oct. 18, 2010
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society announced a new report on the usage of tools for circumventing Internet filtering. Quite interesting heh!! "2010 Circumvention Tool Usage Report” by Hal Roberts, Ethan Zuckerman, Jillian York, Robert Faris, and John Palfrey A small Overview: The OpenNet Initiative (opennet.
net) has documented network filtering of the Internet by national governments

in over forty countries worldwide. Countries use this network filtering as one of many methods to control the flow of online content that is objectionable to the filtering governments for social, political, and security reasons. Filtering is particularly appealing to governments as it allows them to control content not published within their national borders.

Circumvention tools allow users to bypass Internet filtering to access content otherwise blocked by governments, workplaces, schools, or even the blocked sites themselves. There are a number of different types of these tools: blocking-resistant tools, simple web proxies, virtual private network (VPN) services, and open HTTP/SOCKS proxies.

In this report, the authors use a variety of methods to evaluate the usage of the first three of these four types of tools to test two hypotheses.

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