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Beating Censorship By Routing Around DNS 216

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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  • by kilfarsnar ( 561956 ) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @04:34PM (#34506100)
  • by silas_moeckel ( 234313 ) <{moc.proc-cnimsd} {ta} {salis}> on Thursday December 09, 2010 @05:32PM (#34506980) Homepage

    Completely clean? The companies are not run out of the US. Would it be illegal buy a billboard and put come to something that's illegal in your is legal here? By that logic the Indian casinos should not be able to advertise outside of there res since gambling is generally not legal elsewhere? Should we seize there domain names?

  • Re:Stupd move (Score:2, Interesting)

    by microbox ( 704317 ) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @07:03PM (#34507998)
    In other countries this freedom of speech was just not so thoroughly tested as in USA.

    You have got to be kidding. Don't forget that the UK lost India because of freedom of the press. The public read about violent crack downs and sided with Ghandi. Freedom of the press did not suffer.

    Contrast to the US military, which believes that Vietnam failed because of the media. So they start their own manage-public-perception operation to ensure the success of their missions. We can all see how that is going.

    The reason why the press in the USA sucks is because the separation of powers is breaking down in the face of modern marketing techniques, and an integration of political and corporate interests into one. This is what conservativism has become, but it is not fundamentally conservative, because market fundamentalism if not a traditional idea, but a creation of the mind that certain Republicans are trying to stamp onto society. Thank Rand and Greenspan. This is freedom, and it is also totalitarianism, because it views any attempt to set rules as somehow out of sync with how things are. This is quite ironic, and non-conservative, because market fundamentalism is implemented as such a rule.
  • by DeadBeef ( 15 ) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @07:17PM (#34508172) Homepage
    How about putting an A or AAAA record in a reverse DNS zone, so your site ends up looking like [192.0.2] or whatever. There is no registry involved with the delegation of those reverse zones, so it would be alot more difficult for anyone to interfere with it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 10, 2010 @03:23AM (#34511680)

    All this P2P and encoding crap, but nobody thinks to simply archive the last valid result!

    I call it the WHOIS Wayback Machine. If you think a particular site is at risk, submit it to all the WWMs you know of and let them do a lookup every week or so and permanently archive the results. When a domain get seized, look up the last valid IP, edit your HOSTS file, go to the site, and update your bookmarks with the new URL.

    This could also be done locally for sites you frequently visit. Anyone want to code the browser extension? Heck, it's probably already been done.

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