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Censorship Crushed Courtesy of the Cult of the Dead Cow?

May 06, 2001, 21:12 (12 Talkback[s])
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Seems that some guys are combining some already existing technologies to make censorship impossible. The group Cult of the Dead Cow is planning to present on the next Defcon conference their tool Peekabooty, which is a browser for a peer-to-peer network using encryption to disable govermental Internet blocking.

In the stories of the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1313000/1313399.stm) and ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0%2C4586%2C2713742%2C00.html) the goverments of China, Singapore and a handful of other Far East governments are mentioned. I would like to add to that that the USA with DeCSS linking and Germany with the blocking of links should be moentioned in the same sentence.

Needless to say that the ZDNet story contains a major ommission, it compares this technology with Napster. While Napster is not a peer-to-peer but a client-server technology.

I could not find any reference on the websites of Defcon or the Cult of the Dead Cow to this piece of software so I cannot say anything useful of the license. But thinking of Back Orifice 2000 the GPL might be an educated guess. And to trust such a piece of software it should be Open Source at least, right ?

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Fred --
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