University of Toronto Hypes 'Human Rights' Open Source Project

Lora Bentley

China has been hit hard (by human rights groups as well as other governments) because it censors what its citizens can publish or view on the Internet. Google and other tech shops even caught flak for cooperating with the Chinese government's restrictions.


Developers at the University of Toronto are about to release what they see as the answer to such inappropriate Internet censorship. psiphon, open source software set to hit the streets under the GNU General Public License, allows Internet users in restricted countries to gain unfettered Internet access, according to San Francisco Indymedia.


The program, which comes with a "Use at Your Own Risk" warning, allows end users in free countries to turn their computers into servers and then create accounts through which friends and family in places like China can access the Web via encrypted connections that avoid the watchful eyes of government censors.

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