Circumventing web censorship

November 27, 2006

The BBC are reporting that a tool has appeared that allows web users in countries where their government restricts the sites they can visit a way to get around this and view anything they like.

The software, created by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, will be released on 1 December and is said to be called psiphon.

Great news for the human rights and freedom of speech issues facing web users in countries such as China, Syria and Vietnam. I hope this release heralds a new era of cooperation to help people access the information they need and have a right to be able to access.

Of course, web users choosing to use this technology could find themselves in hot water if the over protective government in question finds out!

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