Hacktivists against censorship

Monday, 14 October 2002, 11:56 AM EST

Western hackers are developing programs to defeat the Internet censorship barriers of repressive countries overseas - and you can take part in the effort.

Software such as Peekabooty, Six/Four and Triangle Boy marries the peer-to-peer architecture of Napster-style file-sharing services with encryption and other stealth technology. The goal of the "hacktivists" writing these programs is to grant unrestricted Internet access to users in China, Iran and other countries whose governments use filtering or censoring software to control their Internet connection.

All three programs need users with open Internet access to install their free software, which can channel data - encrypted to prevent eavesdropping - to the end users abroad. Think of it as the 21st-century equivalent of writing protest letters in an Amnesty International campaign.

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