Censored or blocked information in the Internet can now be accessed with a new Canadian technology that can link to a proxy to allow the Internet user to access the blocked information.
The new technology was developed by Rafal Rohosinzki and his team and was designed to overcome curbs on news and social networks Internet sites. ‘This speaks to the hunger for access to information when it’s being denied’, the developer said.
The Psiphon or the ‘human rights software’ as Rohosinzki called the invention, overcomes the problem ‘by punching thousands of tiny holes in computer firewalls and opening new pathways in order to access blocked content’.
>If a user wishes to view a blocked BBC News website, for example, Psiphon enables them to link to a proxy to view the content. If censors shut down this access, a new access window opens up, and so on.
It is “human rights software,” said Rohozinski, who also recently helped uncover a shadowy cyber-espionage network based mostly in China that had infiltrated government and private computers around the world. >
The idea for Psiphon emerged out of a project launched by Toronto, Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford universities to track Internet censorship, the report added.
The ‘human rights software’ has been used by people opposed to the handling of recent presidential election in Iran which they claimed to be tainted with fraud and downloaded by more that 18,000 Iranians in the last 10 days, according to the developer.
Canada, the United States, Britain and many other countries around the world have been calling on the Iranian authorities not to suppress the universal freedom of expression in the light of the recent violent actions by some Iranians in protest of what they called ‘fraudulent elections’.