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[liberationtech] /. ITU Approves Deep Packet Inspection

Philipp Winter phw at riseup.net
Thu Dec 6 05:49:55 PST 2012


On Wed, Dec 05, 2012 at 08:28:36PM +0100, Petter Ericson wrote:
> Transparent IPv4-to-IPv6 tunneling, detection of certain 
> forms of abuse, QoS modificaton, traffic monitoring and 
> shaping.
>
> Obviouly, these are mostly happening at a firewall or 
> equivalent, which is kind of the point. Very little DPI
> is legitimate in core networking.

I would not limit your point to core networking. DPI technology is also used by
organizations at the networking edges to conduct censorship.

I agree that there is some legitimate use for DPI but giving up on that is a
small price to pay considering the mass surveillance and censorship which is
made so easy by DPI. Looking into packet payload should be considered taboo for
middle boxes. No matter where they are.

Cheers,
Philipp



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