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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?
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.