Cubans Using Anonymous Web Surfing
by Bill Rounds
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measures to pre-vanish can be very helpful to vanish at a later
date. This means having in place the tools that you need to vanish
long before you actually need to use them. This can be particularly
helpful if you will be spending some time in the near future in
a repressive regime that does not recognize the basic human rights
of freedom of speech, freedom of association, and privacy related
rights. Once domiciled
inside a controlling regime, it can become more difficult to acquire
the knowledge and skills needed to live a private life. You may
no longer be able to purchase How
To Vanish The Book directly, but it can be done. You may also
need to seek other jurisdictions to maintain your bank
Use Anonymous Web Surfing
is a great example of how this is being done. It has a thriving
market for goods and services, even though strict regulations prohibit
entrepreneurship, because the citizens find ways to exercise their
enterprising minds. A site similar to Craigslist,
called revolico.com, allows
Cubans to exchange everything from baseball equipment to their place
in line and they love their hawaladar.
For the good of the people, the site is blocked by the government.
But the site thrives nonetheless. How do the Cubans get around the
repressive and immoral policies of their overbearing government?
They use anonymous web surfing practices.
web surfing is generally done by using proxy
servers. Proxy servers allow the proxy computer, outside of
Cuba and not subject to Cuban government regulations, to do the
web surfing for the Cubans. The ISP registers that they have visited
the proxy server, not the sites visited by the proxy server on their
behalf. And, because there are many thousands of servers available
at any moment, some of which have never been used before as a proxy,
it is far more difficult to restrict access to proxy servers than
to individual websites. This way, the web surfing activity of individual
Cubans is made anonymous to those who are watching them.
anonymous proxy servers for anonymous
browsing which dont disclose their IP address to the websites
that they visit, nor the fact that the proxy server is even surfing
for someone else, make it that much harder for a repressive government,
like Cuba, to discover which citizens are visiting a site and then
prevent them from visiting the site.
Cuba is not
the only example. China, Iran, and many other countries have seen
their citizens utilize proxy servers to spread information and ideas.
I am sure that governments are not done trying to prevent their
citizens from accessing information, sharing information, or associating
with others through the internet, but I am also sure that there
will always be those who circumvent limitations placed on them through
the use of anonymous
web surfing techniques. Some people might want to seek
residency in another country that is more free and allows for
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Rounds, J.D. is a California attorney. He holds a degree in Accounting
from the University of Utah and a law degree from California
Western School of Law. He practices civil litigation, domestic
and foreign business entity formation and transactions, criminal
defense and privacy law. He is a strong advocate of personal and
financial freedom and civil liberties.
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