FC: "Peekabooty" software aims to circumvent Net-censorship

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Feb 26 2002 - 20:54:59 PST

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    Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 14:43:19 -0500 (EST)
    From: Tommyc <tommycat_private>
    To: declanat_private
    Subject: Peekabooty (fwd)
    Sounds like this is up the Politech alley. Perhaps this will replace SETI
    as everyone's computer's spare-time hobby.
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    Peekabooty aims to banish internet censorship
    14:31 19 February 02
    A long-awaited computer program that can circumvent government
    censorship of the internet has debuted at a computer conference in
    the US.
    The program - Peekabooty - promises to give people in countries such
    as China and Saudi Arabia safe access to the whole of the internet.
    In these countries, internet access is controlled by
    government-operated ISPs, which blacklist certain web sites. This may
    include news sites that are deemed unsympathetic to government policy.
    Peekabooty relies on users inside and outside a government-imposed
    "firewall" downloading software. Restricted content can then be
    delivered using volunteer "nodes" outside the restricted zone
    communicating with users within.
    The content is disguised as encrypted browser traffic, which is
    normally used to transmit credit card information or sensitive
    information such as passwords.
    Hidden identity
    Peekabooty uses a complicated communications system to allow users to
    share information while revealing little about their identity. When a
    node receives a request for a web page it randomly decides whether to
    pass this on or access the page itself. It also only knows the
    address of its nearest partner. This makes it difficult to determine
    who requested what information and is designed to protect users from
    anyone trying to infiltrate the system from inside.
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