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Beating Censorship By Routing Around DNS 216

Posted by timothy
from the fake-left-break-right dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Last month, the US gov't shut down a number of sites it claimed were infringing copyright. They did it by ordering VeriSign to change the sites' authoritative domain name servers. This revealed that DNS is subject to government interference — and now a number of projects have emerged to bypass DNS entirely."
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Beating Censorship By Routing Around DNS

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  • One way around this would be to have signed DNS records, but then you still need some kind of authority for the signing.

    I would have kneejerk replied "try the web of trust", but that's under attack as a consequence of the actions of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. The OpenPGP global web of trust relies on some users traveling hundreds of miles to key signing parties so that they can extend the web of trust by meeting well-known people living far from them. Otherwise, if Alice is trying to communicate with Bob, but nobody living near Alice has gone to a key signing party with someone living near Bob, they can't verify each other's keys. But the TSA with its "Rapist-scan" backscatter machines [wikipedia.org] and "gate rape" pat-downs is making it hard to travel such distances.

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