Eating with Samuel

My dinner adventures

Anonymous Dining ;)

I held another of my famous dinner parties over the weekend.  I’ve joined some development social groups here in Toronto and I’ve met a lot of people in the community.  I’ve been hobnobbing with a lot of the people in the website development community.  In particular, I’ve been looking into the “grey” websites, like gaming and anonymous activity.  They aren’t illegal but there is always that risk of them being outlawed or restricted.  I enjoy looking into how they maintain their users’ privacy.

I’d been hanging out a lot with Eric Anderson.  He’s he’s the senior developer at BrowsingAnonymousOnline.com.  They are an anonymous proxy.  What that means is you can go through the anonymous site to get to another site without being detected, blocked, logged, and so forth.  These proxy sites don’t record who comes in nor where people go out to, so even a government agent with a subpoena couldn’t find much info.

There’s a big advantage to the anonymous proxy sites.  So many companies log or block where you can go and you can even get fired for just trying to access something they don’t care for.  And that might just be a competitor website — you really have no idea what they are looking for.

Then you have a situations where the government blocks access to websites.  So your computer doesn’t have the problem but somewhere you are being kept from getting to where you want to go.  This could happen with a gaming website that was offshore.  Your government could configure the major routers that move traffic outside the country from taking you to a gaming site.

But, if an anonymous proxy existed offshore, it would be less likely to be blocked by your government.  And you could get from there to a gaming site that was also located offshore.

Much of the Arab Spring communication was facilitated by anonymous servers.  They can be of great service to democracy and free communication.

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