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Obama Urges Nations To Stop Censoring The Internet While US Pushes New Blacklist Bill

•, Demand Progress
 Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home.
A new bill being debated in Congress would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.

This is the kind of heavy-handed censorship you’d expect from a dictatorship, where one man can decide what web sites you’re not allowed to visit. But the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the bill quickly — and Senators say they haven’t heard much in the way of objections! That’s why we need you to sign our urgent petition to Congress demanding they oppose the Internet blacklist.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Again, we all need to get used to working through "Tor" (The Onion Router), or some similar system. Why? Because the process Tor uses is to keep your IP address from being seen, involves using dozens and hundreds of average computers around the world to rout your Internet requests. Many average people who happen to have slightly higher-powered computer - you know, like gamers use - have opted to let Tor use their computer and bandwidth to help the Tor worldwide encryption system.

In addition, Tor is always looking for programmers who can help to make their system stronger. They are willing to pay for some of the help, depending on your experience, and what you develop for them. This is all being done to help average Internet users remain anonymous as they browse the Internet.

The next step would be to make all websites and their locations anonymous through Bitcoin style encryption coupled with things like machine language encryption, similar to what is found at The anonymity would act to throw websites into the appearance of many domains, so that to block them, one would have to block the whole Internet.

But this form of encrypting uses a lot of computer RAM (operating memory) just to use it. So there is always room for new developments that keep the encryption while lowering computer memory usage required.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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"It's not censorship when we do it!"

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