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Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship 71

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from the developers-mysteriously-disappear-during-senate-csipa-vote dept.
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Tor developers Arturo Filasto and Jacob Appelbaum have released OONI-probe, an open-source software tool designed to be installed on any PC and run to collect data about local meddling with the computer's network connections, whether it be website blocking, surveillance or selective bandwidth slowdowns. Unlike other censorship tracking projects like HerdictWeb or the Open Net Initiative, OONI will allow anyone to run the testing application and share their results publicly. The tool has already been used to expose censorship by T-Mobile of its prepaid phones' browser and also by the Palestinian Authority, which was found to be blocking opposition websites. The minister responsible for the Palestinian censorship was forced to resign last week."
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Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship

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  • Pertinent (Score:5, Interesting)

    by djnanite (1979686) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:20PM (#39854131) Homepage
    Especially in light of the UK's recent decision to block The Pirate Bay.

    I wonder what the legal recourse would be if this tool found the government in your respective 'free' democratic country was blocking sites for political reasons...? Could anyone sue the UK government if they were found to be blocking sites without providing a genuine legal reason for doing so?
  • ironic (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jsh1972 (1095519) on Monday April 30, 2012 @11:36PM (#39854175)
    Kind of ironic that with the multiple tor-centered stories on slashdot today that just now, when I tried to view this story, I was told that my IP was banned! I thought WTH, then realized that I had tor enabled on the device I was browsing on... (HP touchpad running cm9). I guess I can post AC, I just can't BROWSE anonymous...
  • by Plunky (929104) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @02:35AM (#39854787)

    A nice tool to get a hint of if a certain website is down/inaccessibel for everyone or just you is This Tool! [downforeve...justme.com]

    This service attempts to make a connection to a website of your choice so you can see if it is just your ISP that can't access it.

    Of course, since that is a known site it could easily be redirected to a locally hosted copy that said "Yes, that site is down for everybody! Its not just you!" for sites that were being blocked..

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