Global Voices Summit: Torbrowser and Psiphon

Chris Walker works with InterNews Europe and the Tactical Technology Collective. He is also leading the project NGO-in-a-box. He is also a fellow alum of The Fletcher School. Chris gave an overview of Torbrowser and Psiphon.

Torbrowser is also available as an add-on to Firefox. One challenge associated with Torbrowser is that it is a large file to download, although you can download the software in parts. Since there is considerable technical and human surveillance in closed regimes, Torbrowser has been made to look like a regular browser such as Internet Explorer.

Psiphon is a censorship circumvention solution that allows users to access blocked sites in countries where the Internet is censored. psiphon turns a regular home computer into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages anywhere. One advantage of psiphon is that now software needs to be downloaded. YouTube videos can also be uploaded securely.

Patrick Philippe Meier

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