Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tear Down This Cyberwall!

I don't believe I'm linking to this idiot.

New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof has a fascinating article on how dissidents are communicating with the outside world. Kristof highlights the programming work of Shiyu Zhou, a computer scientist and leader in the Chinese effort:

Mr. Zhou, the son of a Chinese army general, said that he and his colleagues began to develop such software after the 1999 Chinese government crackdown on Falun Gong (which the authorities denounce as a cult). One result was a free software called Freegate, small enough to carry on a flash drive. It takes a surfer to an overseas server that changes I.P. addresses every second or so, too quickly for a government to block it, and then from there to a banned site.

Freegate amounts to a dissident’s cyberkit. E-mails sent with it can be encrypted. And after a session is complete, a press of a button eliminates any sign that it was used on that computer.

Freegate. Make a note of it. Could come in handy to support our "low-level terrorism", i.e. peaceful demonstrations.


Old NFO said...

Hmmmm... :-)

D.W. Drang said...

The question is, do we dare to download the software on our own computers...?