Sesawe offers tools to circumvent web censorship

I had stopped shortly in a blogger/new media training session last Friday, that focused on Eurasian bloggers and new media people. You can check their work here:

Eurasian Stories | Digital Stories from Eurasia

and videos made in the workshop:

I have met Eric who works with a website called Sesawe. This site offers great tools and recommendations to circumvent web censorship. In their site:

Where sesawe matters:

FranceNorth KoreaKazakhstanMoroccoSri LankaChina
Saudia ArabiaEthiopiaTurkeyBelarusThailandSudan


My brief notes from Eric’s speech:

13 countries seriously censor web.

two basic ways to get around web censorship.
1) browser proxy. ktunnel, vtunnel…. but they might be blocked, too. then new sites. but cannot login to your account…
mobile sites are more accessible but not all capacities can be used…

2) a proxy client. you download and install and use. but only with your own computer. in internet cafes, you may not be allowed and download.

1- uses web trust. only trusted people share particular DNS…
2- Tor. Chinese expats created some downloadable software. anonymity guaranteed. Ordinary solutions may not guarantee…
2b. “Your freedom” is downloadable.

Pirated copies are vulnerable. use original software, update your software.
*best way to convince people to buy originals*

anti piracy software is a must.
zero day exploits: before the next update, viruses attack your computer.

use FTP clients to send videos etc  from banning countries to free world (!)

hard drive encryption is a must!
gmail settings should be “sent always in https://

biggest threat that content of your hard drive can be stolen. more than what you actually correspond…

6 major IM among them:
skype and gmail are considered most secure. if you use original version of Skype… Skype in Chinese is not… mobile phone, phone is not secure at all. email partly secure. relatively secure is Skype and Gmail… (But if you save chat history… there might be more problem…) mobile phone cannot be encrypted.

Check also:

FLOSS Manuals

In an attempt to provide free documentation for free software, this wiki lets anyone read, write, remix articles or textbooks on any open source application


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from The Official Google Blog

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Today, as part of our ongoing effort to make the web faster, we’re launching our own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS, and we invite you to try it out.

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Google DNS

by Jason Kottke

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Google’s DNS Resolution Service

from Google Blogoscoped by Philipp Lenssen

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Report: Facebook Popularity Not Fading Among Young Users

from All Facebook by Nick O’Neill

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