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Magda Hassan
01-28-2011, 10:23 AM
What is the Global Proxy Cloud?

In recent years, many states have begun to block or filter Internet access. As internet traffic can be centralized at certain state-maintained points for entry into and outside of the country, it is possible for countries to monitor and censor all of their citizens' internet communications. We are concerned with usage of Internet blocking techniques to undermine or prohibit political discourse and free distribution of information and news to both citizens and the outside world.

The Global Proxy Cloud (GPC) is a tool that enables activists to harness the open, unmonitored Internet, enabling the transfer of information from and within local communities behind the firewall to each other, the international media, and the global community. The GPC benefits activists, dissidents, politically censored groups, and curious individuals in heavily censured countries. It is easy to use, with a low technical knowledge threshold to get involved. Created in partnership with the Tor Project, a non-profit devoted allowing people to protect their Internet traffic from analysis, the GPC uses tools that are well-tested, robust, and shown themselves to be capable of accessing banned websites in many different environments.

The GPC works by passing requests to host computers in other, unmonitored locations, which then pass back the requested information to the activist. As the traffic is encrypted, it is not visible to outside parties. It is a peer-to-peer network that is strengthened by the addition of hosts who donate their bandwidth to the cloud. By opening their Internet connection, volunteers increase the size and stability of the GPC, and allow it to aid more activists. The more people in closed societies who have access to the GPC, the more easily information can be spread both into and outside the censored space, and the harder it will be to identify individual users.

Technically-minded individuals can easily access circumvention tools. The GPC endeavours to widen access to these tools, and provide on-the-spot deployment to global hot spots.

How does the Global Proxy Cloud work?

Users behind the firewall install software on their computers that connects them to the Global Proxy Cloud.
Instead of passing their information and requests straight to the destination sites over a connection that can be blocked or monitored, they are instead re-routed to the cloud.
Communications are bounced around many different nodes so they cannot be traced back to their source.
Computers in the cloud pass on their data to the destination server, and then return the requested page to the user.

Our partners

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The Global Proxy Cloud is powered by the Tor network,
a non-profit devoted to allowing people to protect their Internet traffic from analysis.
To find out more about their work, please visit The Tor website (http://www.torproject.org/).

Magda Hassan
01-28-2011, 10:25 AM
Help Egypt - Join the Cloud!

<h3>It's happening now. The Egyptian people have called for the end of years of corruption, poverty and political exclusion. The government has responded with water cannons, tear gas and batons. With Facebook, Twitter and Gmail periodically blocked, the channels of communication that the Egyptian people depend on are limited.

Here's what you can do. Contributing to the Tor network requires a bit of technical savvy and a devotion of your time and your computer's resources. If that's you, and you're willing to learn about the Tor network, help reopen these channels of communication by joining the Global Proxy Cloud (instructions linked on the right). Through a download of Tor, a free anti-censorship program developed by The Tor Project, a computer running a Tor bridge over an extended period can help the network run faster.

Here's how it works. Tor is a network of tunnels through which information and internet sites can be requested and passed back anonymously, allowing users to access sites like Twitter, Facebook and Gmail even when they are blocked. Your support will allow the Egyptian people to connect to sites like Facebook, as the encrypted traffic will pass through your donated bandwidth, avoiding firewalls set up by the government. If you have the know-how and are willing to make the committment, follow the links to the right to The Tor Project's download page, and then read their guide to running a bridge (https://www.torproject.org/docs/bridges.html.en#RunningABridge).

And remember, once you start your bridge, make sure to keep it running!

UPDATE: If you've been here before, as of 6:00pm EST on January 27th, we updated our links to The Tor Project. Make sure you're up to date!

Having problems?
If you're having problems setting up Tor, check out these Frequently Asked Questions (https://www.torproject.org/docs/faq.html.en).


David Guyatt
01-28-2011, 11:45 AM
I have a Tor enabled browser and the only downside to what is, I think, a brilliant and progressive idea is that speed is lowered, in some case quite markedly.

But having said that, just having unmonitored and unrecorded (and unread) access to the internet is worth the slower speeds.

And I suppose if I can enable Tor - anyone can...