Peacefire.org Distributes Anti-censorship Tools for Teens; Approaching 2 Million Subscribers

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Peacefire.org, the world's largest distribution network of proxy servers to bypass Internet censorship, hit 1.75 million subscribers in September and is on track to pass 2 million subscribers by December 2010. Peacefire was created to support free speech rights for Internet users under 18, by lobbying for human rights for under-18-year-olds and providing means to bypass Internet censorship.

Many people oppose civil rights for people under 18, only because they were raised in a society where everyone else opposed human rights for people under 18. But you shouldn't believe something only because most other people in your society believe it.

Peacefire.org, the world's largest distribution network of proxy servers to bypass Internet censorship, hit 1.75 million subscribers in September and is on track to pass 2 million subscribers by December 2010.

Peacefire was created to support free speech rights for Internet users under 18, by lobbying for human rights for under-18-year-olds and providing means to bypass Internet censorship. Like most anti-Internet-censorship tools, our tools can be used to bypass Internet blocking in censored countries like Iran and China, as well as to circumvent Internet censorship on school, library, and home computers. Unlike most makers of anti-censorship software, however, Peacefire is unique in promoting the use of its software for under-18s as a way to support free speech rights for minors. (By contrast, most anti-censorship companies promote their software's use mainly in censored countries, and accept its usage by teenagers as a "side effect", without actually promoting it.) Peacefire supports expanded free speech rights and human rights for people under 18 and creates anti-censorship tools for under-18s as a means of promoting that goal.

Twice a week we mail out new proxy "Circumventor" websites to users (see http://www.kittenbites.com/ for an example) that enable users to bypass Internet blockers. Most Internet blocking programs rely on a constantly-updated list of blocked websites that is distributed by the blocking program manufacturer. But by the time that most blocking programs have blocked the latest Circumventor sites, we have usually mailed out new ones to our subscribers, so for most users, the most recent proxy sites usually work to circumvent Internet blocking.

Peacefire.org was created in 1996 by Bennett Haselton, who runs the site from a home office in Bellevue, Washington. He has spoken about Internet censorship on CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, CBS (at least if you count The Montel Williams Show) and is a frequent contributing writer to the technology website Slashdot.org.

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