BUST­ING LOCKED DOORS

WITH HY­PER­AC­TIVE IN­TER­NET SER­VICE PROVIDERS BLOCK­ING AC­CESS TO “IN­AP­PRO­PRI­ATE” WEB­SITES AND SER­VICES, HOW DO YOU BY­PASS CY­BER CENSORSHIP TO GET TO THE CON­TENT OF YOUR CHOICE?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIGITAL LIFE - BY TUSHAR KAN­WAR

JFOXY PROX­IES: As the name sug­gests, proxy web­sites al­low you to pig­gy­back on their In­ter­net con­nec­tion (via your browser) to by­pass your ISP’S re­stric­tions. Most pop­u­lar ser­vices like Prox­ify, Hide my ass and Anonymise.us op­er­ate in the same way, need­ing you only to en­ter the URL of the site you want to ac­cess. The proxy ser­vice then cre­ates a pas­sage­way or tun­nel for you to ac­cess your con­tent. Be warned that some web­sites may not ren- ohn Doe, or in its In­dian con­text, Ashok Ku­mar, may just sound like the av­er­age male name to you, but to In­dian In­ter­net users, such unimag­i­na­tive sound­ing names—place­holder nom­i­nals for a party whose true iden­tity is un­known or must be with­held in a le­gal ac­tion—have taken on a rather painful sig­nif­i­cance. It’s on the back of these John Doe / ashok Ku­mar court or­ders that some In­dian In­ter­net ser­vice providers (ISPS) have re­cently gone ahead and blocked a num­ber of tor­rent web­sites. Also af­fected are a fair num­ber of le­git­i­mate video shar­ing web­sites, like Vimeo and Daily-mo­tion, which are used by a num­ber of cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als to share their com­mer­cial con­tent.

Now, while we at G&G do not con­done the use of tor­rent and video- shar­ing web­sites to share copy­righted con­tent, there’s a fair case to be made that it isn’t the medium that should be pun­ished, since it is the very same medium that lets you down­load the Ubuntu Linux dis­tri­bu­tion, Openof­fice soft­ware and tonnes of copy­right-free con­tent much faster than di­rect browser-based down­loads. With that said, here are our top tips to ac­cess web­sites blocked by over-zeal­ous ISPS.

WE DO NOT CON­DONE THE USE OF TOR­RENT AND VIDEO-SHAR­ING WEB­SITES TO SHARE COPY­RIGHTED CON­TENT, BUT THERE IS A FAIR CASE TO BE MADE THAT IT ISN’T THE MEDIUM THAT SHOULD BE PUN­ISHED, SINCE IT IS THE VERY SAME MEDIUM THAT LETS YOU DOWN­LOAD OPEN SOFT­WARE AND COPY­RIGHT-FREE CON­TENT.

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