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Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship 71

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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  • Re:Risk? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @02:21AM (#39854563) Journal

    If you're in such a country, you don't need OONI - you know you're already censored.

    WRONG !

    OONI still comes handy even if you stay in countries run by authoritarian / totalitarian / bastard governments

    With OONI you can identify _which_ sites they have censored, and you can use OONI to share THAT information to the world

  • Re:Pertinent (Score:4, Informative)

    by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @02:47AM (#39854653)
    In princible, vote for someone who says they'll lift the blocks. Accountability in a democracy is via the vote. How well that works in practice varies greatly by country.
  • by jgrahn ( 181062 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @03:07AM (#39854695)

    A git repo is (presumably) a "form you can run". Because, you know... "News for nerds", etc.

    That's what I thought before I clicked the link. It takes you to a list of dozens or hundreds of repos, private and public, for different pieces of software. No indication which one, if any, contains this particular release of this software. That's not how you release something.

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