wanted: configurable proxy server package to overcome censorship

Neal McBurnett neal at bcn.boulder.co.us
Tue Jun 16 13:59:50 UTC 2009


Over and over, censorship rears its head in the world, sometimes
suddenly, as in Iran right now.  Citizens want information but it is
blocked.  See e.g.

 http://reinikainen.co.uk/2009/06/iranelection-cyberwar-guide-for-beginners/

One way the world can help is to provide proxies for services like
HTTP (and twitter, an HTTP REST protocol).

Here are some instructions emerging right now to help Iran:

 http://blog.austinheap.com/2009/06/15/how-to-setup-a-proxy-for-iran-citizens/

The Ubuntu way would be to provide a package and a convenient way to
configure it for the hero-of-the-day opportunity.  Of course such
proxies have many risks and downsides, so big warnings, hardening, etc
would also be important.

Some sort of ability to allow remote configuration tuning might also
be appropriate, so that I could get someone else to keep it up to date
and turn it off when needed.  Sort of a more flexible white-hat botnet
I guess.

Does anything like that exist now?  Anyone want to spring into action
with their PPA?

Neal McBurnett                 http://neal.mcburnett.org/




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