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Users Flock To Firewall-Busting Thesis Project 91

itwbennett writes "Daiyuu Nobori, a Ph.D. student at Japan's Tsukuba University designed 'VPN Gate' to help individuals in countries that restrict Internet use circumvent government firewalls. The service, which has drawn 77,000 users since its launch last Friday, encourages members of the public to set up VPN servers and offer free connections to individual users, aiming to make the technology more accessible. Nobori had originally planned to host the service on his university's servers, but they have been down recently so he switched it to the Windows Azure cloud platform. He has spent about US$9,000 keeping it up so far."
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Users Flock To Firewall-Busting Thesis Project

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  • by stewsters ( 1406737 ) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @02:28PM (#43161931)
    Wait, 77,000 / 9000 = 8 people per dollar spent? 9000 and only launched last Friday? How much does Azure cost to operate? Throw together a cheap php site or something for $20 a month.
  • by Corwn of Amber ( 802933 ) <corwinofamber@sk ... e minus math_god> on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @04:05PM (#43163063) Journal

    Yeah, so, one more sort-of-TOR, but with fixed servers in easy-to-raid locations.

    They don't get it.

    There is ONE way to make a REALLY resilient network. It's been proven over and over.

    ALL NODES EQUAL PEERS. With the same capabilities. All nodes are routers. All nodes are relays. All nodes are bridges. All nodes are cell towers. Until we get rid of telcos/ISPs, all nodes are gateways, too.

    Like TOR, but if everyone were a bridge and an exit relay and a cell tower.

    THAT is unstoppable. Else there WILL be censorship and control and criminalization and destroyed lives like Aaron Swartz's.

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