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[liberationtech] alkasir 2.0: One more anti-censorship tool launched

Walid AL-SAQAF admin at
Wed Mar 2 10:29:36 PST 2016

Dear colleagues,

After over a year of hard work, we've finally launched our BETA release of Alkasir 2.0 <>, a website censorship mapping and circumvention tool. We are still working on the mobile app and hope to have it launched this year.

The software went through a major transformation from a Windows-based closed program to a security-audited cross-platform open-source solution. It is still a BETA release and we do expect to get bug reports and feedback from users as well as an interest by developers to contribute to it via the Github repository at <> .

Here's a blog post on the launch: <>

As a software developer and a researcher, I find that understanding phenomena such as Internet censorship as equally important as helping citizens overcome such censorship. This is why I am always interested in publishing research on this topic, the latest being a journal article in the most recent edition of the Media and Communication Open Access Journal. The article helps shed light on the use of Alkasir to bypass censorship in Syria between 2010 and 2012:

There are many people to thank for making this happen, especially the developer Thomas Frössman of 23Critters <> and friends at Internews. I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to my good friend Eric Johnson who believed in the idea of split-tunneling from the very beginning and spared no effort to help me take it to the next level. Thank you Eric for your friendship and support over the years...


Walid Al-Saqaf

Alkasir for Website Mapping and Circumvention <>

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