Canadian developers will next month release a tool to bypass government-enforced restrictions on web browsing in countries like China, Syria and Iran.
The University of Toronto has developed the Citizens Lab software in the hope that government internet censorship can be effectively circumnavigated.
Psiphon is an open source software program using the GPL license, and will be free to download from 1 December.
It works when a net user - or psiphonode - in an uncensored country downloading the software onto their computer, which in turn creates an access point through an encrypted connection to a proxy server.
They can then pass on a unique web address with a login and password to someone in an internet-restricted country - or a psiphonite - who links directly to it without the need to run software locally.
Even if the website is blocked, developers claim that it is incredibly simple for a psiphonite to reconnect because the system operates using a social network built up through trusted relationships.
Although the software encrypts traffic between the provider and user, content accessed is not anonymous which means all websites visited can be monitored. As a result, Citizens Lab advises against using it “for anything you do not want the psiphon provider to be able to see.”
Source: The Register