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[liberationtech] repress wordpress plugin

Frank Corrigan email at franciscorrigan.com
Thu Jan 19 07:53:06 PST 2012


This is too vague:

"Is this illegal?
No.
But of course this differs from country to country. Also, we believe
that no country prohibits the use of WordPress and plug-ins, the sites
you are proxy-ing might contain prohibited material."
https://all4xs.net/why/

If wordpress gets associated with circumvention that is illegal in
certain countries, then the person who installs this plugin in a such a
country would no doubt suffer the same penalty as if they accessed the
censored sites themselves, or at least facilitated such circumvention?

Could it have a knock on effect of some countries seeing wordpress as an
indirect circumvention tool and the idea that "no country prohibits the
use of WordPress and plug-ins" getting lost in the process?

Frank

----- Original message -----
From: "Fabio Pietrosanti (naif)" <lists at infosecurity.ch>
To: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:32:40 +0100
Subject: Re: [liberationtech] repress wordpress plugin

On 1/19/12 4:20 PM, Sacha van Geffen wrote:
> 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.

Your approach is very cool!

We should probably consider:
- how to allow people in censored countries to find free proxy?
How a chinese guy would find that proxy and start using it?

- how to avoid to get the free-proxy get easily blacklisted by
governments?
For example if the webapp get diffused (inshalla!), but it have a unique
name (ex: repress.php) with identifiable URL parameters, then repressive
government would censor it very easily.

There was a discussion about having Tor Bridge TCP Forwarder concept
available as a Wordpress plug-in for the same reason (a lot of
installations and almost zero maintenance):
https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2012-January/022797.html

-naif
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