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So this basically comes down to your wallet server when you’re using the desktop client. So your desktop client, by default connects the wallet servers that we run, which are then going to listen to our our blacklist, and we encourage our wall, all wallet server operators to obey the blacklist. But if you’re in a country with a blacklist don’t apply or whatever, you could run a wild server and then not not listen to those blacklist and return whatever metadata or data you wanted to, that you wanted to return. So basically, we provide those lists as a service and circulate them so that operators can, can follow and listen to them. And of course, all the websites that we run and everything that we run a baseless blacklist. There is a protocol rule that the validator must submit the correct original transaction t into the blockchain within 24 hours, or else risk losing a large security deposit. Bit.Tube is also a decentralized video streaming platform that uses IPFS and cryptocurrencies to keep the content on their platform censorship resistant.

A Note On Censorship Resistance

Measures and estimates of circumvention tool adoption have reported widely divergent results. A 2010 study by Harvard University researchers estimated that very few users use censorship circumvention tools—likely less than 3% of users even in countries that consistently implement widespread censorship. Other censorship resistance studies have reported substantially larger estimates, but have been disputed. Circumvention tools have seen spikes in adoption in response to high-profile blocking attempts, however, studies measuring adoption of circumvention tools in countries with persistent and widespread censorship report mixed results.

Censorship Resistance In Blockchain

There are decentralized messaging services, marketplaces and, importantly, decentralized domain names, which cannot be censored or taken down completely. Domain names that live on the blockchain are one solution to fighting censorship and protecting free speech. Embracing decentralized, open standards like email and mailing lists is a good tool for censorship resistance. Putting all of your eggs into a basket controlled by a single corporate entity, who will be coerced by bullies and bad laws, is not a strategy for success. Times like these remind us why open source projects need to use open source infrastructure, built on open standards. The former head of the People’s Bank of China’s digital currency research institute, Yao Qian, argued against the need for community consensus in which all users engage in transactions and governance related decisions. He favored a multi-center system, in which consensus is managed by several main nodes.

Estimates of adoption of circumvention tools vary substantially and are disputed. Barriers to adoption can include usability issues, difficulty finding reliable and trustworthy information about circumvention, lack of desire to access censored content, and risks from breaking censorship resistance the law. Internet censorship circumvention is the use of various methods and tools to bypass internet censorship. Quasi Turing-complete object models (i.e. Ethereum) already provide interesting means of making censorship costly outside the actual consensus mechanism.

Unless I can be convinced otherwise, I think everything else is best done on a database. In many jurisdictions accessing blocked content is a serious crime, particularly content that is considered child pornography, a threat to national security, or an incitement of violence. Thus it is important to understand the circumvention technologies and the protections they do or do not provide and to use only tools that are appropriate in a particular context. Great care must censorship resistance be taken to install, configure, and use circumvention tools properly. Individuals associated with high-profile rights organizations, dissident, protest, or reform groups should take extra precautions to protect their online identities. After an April 2018 ban on the Telegram messaging app in Iran, web searches for VPN and other circumvention software increased as much as 48× for some search terms, but there was evidence that users were downloading unsafe software.

A censor may be able to detect and block use of circumvention tools through Deep Packet Inspection. There are efforts to make circumvention tools less detectable by randomizing the traffic, attempting to mimic a whitelisted protocol or tunneling traffic through a whitelisted site by using techniques including domain fronting or Meek. Tor and other circumvention tools have adopted multiple obfuscation techniques that users can use depending on the nature of their connection, which are sometimes called “Pluggable Transports.” An arms race has developed between censors and developers of circumvention software, resulting in more sophisticated blocking techniques by censors and the development of harder-to-detect tools by researchers.

  • And I’ll continue to make unsexy metaphors and references here, you know, like, we wanted it to be something like the old card catalog, right?
  • Because we already had good peer to peer tech like BitTorrent works.
  • BitTorrent, censorship, resistant, BitTorrent, user experience sucks.
  • But as a peer to peer tech bit torrents amazing and it’s elegant, and it’s well designed all these things.
  • This this idea of building using a public blockchain to serve as a registry of content that exists.
  • can we can we use a public blockchain this permissionless system to keep a register of stuff that exists?

And then if we want to talk about the legal but debatable stuff, we can talk about that as well. We are a Registered Agent, with the federal government, United States government. And so when we received DMCA I assume we’re mostly talking about DMCA is but for other legal stuff, it’d be a similar process. But censorship resistance basically, we receive complaints, we validate the complaints, it’s illegal, we maintain a list of essentially hashes that are known to be illegal. And then those hashes are circulated to other operators in the network, who who choose to if they want to use the software legally choose to respect those lists.

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BitPatron says creators or users can never be removed, and a creator’s audience, content, and revenue stream cannot be interfered with. Some content creators censorship resistance on big media platforms like Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook over the last few years have experienced censorship by private decree from certain platforms.

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Internet Censorship Circumvention

Rigel Walshe, of Auckland, New Zealand, had purchased two pairs of goTenna Mesh months ago and as a censorship resistance enthusiast was ready to go when Txtenna became available. The XRP Ledger is designed to be censorship resistant.