Cracking The Great Firewall of China

    Date20 May 2003
    CategoryFirewalls
    4840
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    That's the rallying cry of Bennett Haselton's advocacy group, Peacefire, founded to preserve the rights of young people to surf an unfiltered Web. The group's preferred method? Sabotaging the software ostensibly designed to protect kids. Haselton and his group may . . . That's the rallying cry of Bennett Haselton's advocacy group, Peacefire, founded to preserve the rights of young people to surf an unfiltered Web. The group's preferred method? Sabotaging the software ostensibly designed to protect kids. Haselton and his group may wind up in search of a broader motto as they take on a censor even more fearsome than the typical American parent: The People's Republic of China.

    For the last six years, Bennett Haselton has fought a wide range of adversaries with Peacefire, which now employs a staff of 12 and boasts 7000 members. Haselton started with Web filtering applications like Net Nanny and CyberSitter ("censorware" to Haselton and other critics), then devoted some time to software bug hunting, and more recently began an education campaign to teach the masses how to use state law to sue spammers--something Haselton himself has done with mixed results.

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