wanted: configurable proxy server package to overcome censorship

Neal McBurnett neal at bcn.boulder.co.us
Tue Jun 23 15:32:45 UTC 2009

The latest specific application of this idea is NedaNet:


Any interest out there?

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

On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 07:59:50AM -0600, Neal McBurnett wrote:
> 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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