Tool To Circumvent Internet Censorship

Despite all the unreasoned arguing in the blogosphere, we do have areas of common ground. Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for this story. There’s a new tool to get around censorship of the internet in countries which do not allow free access:

Researchers at University of Toronto plan to introduce a software tool on Friday that aims to help people in countries that censor the World Wide Web.

Psiphon (pronounced sigh-fawn), a web-based utility, lets individuals in a country that censors the internet sign on to a server that gives them secure access to web pages anywhere, bypassing government restrictions…

“We’re aiming at giving people access to sites like Wikipedia,” a free, user-maintained online encyclopedia, and other information and news sources, Michael Hull, psiphon’s lead engineer, told CBC News Online.

Citing countries such as China and Iran among some 40 countries that censor the internet, Hull said that the way in which access to information is cut off is troubling.

It is interesting that, after responding to an article on article which argues that the blogospere is a “world, increasingly driven by unreason” which is polarized between left and right, I find both this area of agreement with a right wing blogger, and a liberal blogger responding to my post gives a good demonstration of the lack of reason shown by some on the left. The divisions between left and right are great, but these are not the only divisions I’m concerned with.

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