How to Neutralize IRI Filtering-Part 2
More than a year ago I wrote the first
part of this article [http://www.ghandchi.com/
At the time, the scope of IRI filtering
was not as extensive as it is today, when by IRI’s own admission, it is
My discussion here will be limited to technical solutions that one can use to counter IRI’s blocking of the sites and I will limit myself to solutions that I have not discussed previously. I will not repeat my suggestion of setting up private proxies outside Iran for friends living inside Iran, or solutions such as programs like TOR [http://www.tor.org] that one can install on a PC for accessing filtered sites, or using the option of free email of AOL [http://www.aol.com] and then the free download of America Online software to freely access filtered Internet sites from within AOL, or my suggestions of creating Podcasting networks and the like for distributing voice and video content. Also VPN solutions are not only too complex but are too expensive for any content provider to offer for thousands of visitors and Citrix tunneling although robust and easy to use but are still too expensive to offer for thousands of users.
Moreover, my main proposal in the first part of this article where I suggested an add-on to the browser, whether as a plug-in or as an added service by the browser-makers, to provide proxy access with randomized IP address, has still not been fully built by any vendor. Nonetheless something close to the first approach has been developed by SecureAC [http://www.secureac.com] although their business focus is less on what we can say Iranian users could use today, but they seem to have the technology to provide it. And something close to the second approach has been done by a browser maker called Maxton [http://www.maxthon.com], which has had a lot of success among the Internet users in China. Thus I will not discuss any of these solutions in this article.
I think a new way to combat filtering is by
starting and joining more and more port-agile Peer-to-Peer (P
Here I should emphasize that proposed new file sharing infrastructure for content distribution and access is a very beneficial investment for any Internet user, and not just for the purpose of viewing filtered Internet sites, and I believe this will be more and more the direction all Internet users will have to move, regardless of any benefit this approach may provide to bypass filtering or not.
In fact, using such a file sharing structure is needed
because people more and more watch TV and listen to radio on the Internet and
they move on to use programs and data that require huge disk space and high
powered server PCs to process and all that can be only be cheaply accessible by
Just in May this year,
Warner Brothers announced a P
To use P
These solutions work with various platforms and the Windows
users, who are the bulk of the Iranian Internet user, report excellent
experience using P
Hoping for a day to live in an Iran with no censorship,
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher