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[liberationtech] repress wordpress plugin

Sacha van Geffen sacha at
Thu Jan 19 07:20:43 PST 2012

Today we launched the alpha version of RePress

it is essentially a php web proxy written as a wordpress plugin.
Since there  are 35 million self-hosted wordpress blogs, and it is
extremely easy to install plugins we think it has potential. If you
would install this plugin on an https site it could act as an https -
http proxy to other sites.

Feedback on the plugin and security (especcially for sites that install
the plugin) would be highly appreciated!


Sacha van Geffen


the longer story:


Hey, we made a plugin to circumvent internet censorship from within your
WordPress installation. This plug-in enables you to magically uncensor
any website on the internet.

More and more governments from east and west are trying to censor the
Internet. For different reasons the governments of countries like Iran,
the USA, Syria, The Netherlands and China seek ways to block websites of
the web and limit free speech. This plug-in will enable you to get those
websites online again for you, your friends and the rest of the world
without any hassle. Your website will become a proxy for the blocked
website, rerouting any traffic from a user, through your website to the
blocked site.

We believe in an Open Web and gladly make it possible for everyone to
defend their human right to the free flow of information. By installing
this plug-in you are doing your part to keep the Web Open.


This plugin was made in response to the ongoing limitation of the Open
Web. In the dawn of 2012 we found ourselves confronted with a
court-ruling blocking the in the Netherlands. On the other
side of the ocean new laws are being discussed to curtail web-freedom
even further. SOPA and PIPA are set to defend the interests of the
Entertainment industry, but will mainly cause grave and undeniable
damage to the Open and Free web and all of its users: from the
end-consumer to the cutting edge developers and inventors. In the same
time countries like Iran, Syria, North-Korea and so on are using the
same techniques to censor free speech to maintain their iron grip on
power. Our aim is to make all of this impossible.

The web knows many ways to circumvent blockades and censorship. Some
argue that these court-rulings and new laws will never have any effect
because of all these tricks to by-pass them. This might be true, but in
general only holds for the more tech-savvy among us. And in either case
it doesn't make these rulings and laws less bad.

Our plugin still requires some technical skills to employ, but next to
none to use. Any WordPress powered website with this plug-in will
immediately start functioning as a proxy for the censored websites. Thus
opening them again for the big audience.

The plug-in will soon be available through the WP repository.
Until then you can get it from here:

Feedback is highly appreciated.

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