hi-ho, hi-ho http://news.com.com/2100-1028-997101.html?tag=fd_top
The federal government (in conjunction with Microsoft, Sun, and Cisco) has released a new firewall/content-filter bypassing tool. Basically, it is targeted to allow people in China to circumvent their government-controlled internet connections and reach the rest of the world.
|The idea behind the U.S.-backed software is to allow someone trying to evade a firewall to tunnel under it via a third-party computer not blocked by the firewall. The software, which uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), lets the person who installs it set up a miniature Web site through which a firewall-restricted surfer can access the rest of the Web.|
In addition to circumventing firewalls, the software also creates anonymity by covering the Web surfer's tracks and leaving no record of what sites he or she visited beyond the miniature Web site.
A nifty tool. But to play devil's advocate, it will also allow kiddies to bypass their parent's content filtering software as well. Or for students to bypass such blocks at their schools. Is this such a good idea? And is it our job to undermine the Chinese government (and to do the usual wild hand-wringingly nonsensical hippy extrapolation) and PUT THE WHOLE WORLD AT RISK BY ANTAGONZING ANOTHER DICTATORIAL NATION!!!???
Side point: I do also find it incredibly amusing that the Republican-controlled US Federal government just designed a tool which will allow kids all over the world to look at as much previously-blocked porn as they can handle. GG dummies...
msleeper: "I'm not a huge fan of the new CC design. The old one felt like a race car into the future. This one is just a giant steel coffin with a built in TV."
Chris0132: "Dunno I kinda want my own titanium pneumaytic stabilised doom cubicle. Kinda wish you could upgrade it though so it can stomp around on the hydraulics and shout anti-communist propaganda at the aliens."