Get round internet censors using a friend’s connection: FOR people living under repressive regimes censorship is an everyday reality, and browsing the internet freely is impossible without some serious technical know-how. This week Google threw its weight behind an idea that lets people circumvent censorship by using the internet connection of a friend in a non-censored country.
A collaboration between the University of Washington in Seattle and non-profit firm Brave New Software, uProxy lets users share their internet connection with friends on social networks through a browser extension.
When both parties have the uProxy extension installed, one can forge an encrypted link through the other person’s browser and out onto the internet via their social network connection. As well as giving people access to censored content, it could allow people in the UK to watch the US version of Netflix via a US friend’s connection, for example, or those in the US to log in to the BBC iPlayer to catch the latest episode of Sherlock.