FLOSS Manuals Release Circumvention Book, How To Bypass Internet Censorship

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FLOSS Manuals Release Circumvention Book, How To Bypass Internet

Decemer 4, 2008, Amsterdam

A new book released by FLOSS Manuals, How to Bypass Internet Censorship, describes circumvention tools and explains why you might want to use them, and honestly describes the risks you must consider before circumventing blockers or monitors. Blockers and monitors restrict access to areas of the Internet, and this book describes simple techniques for bypassing those restrictions. The book can be read or downloaded for free as a PDF from flossmanuals.net, or you can purchase a high-quality printed copy of the 200 page book through Lulu, an on-demand printer, at http://www.lulu.com/content/4904448 for €10.83

The growth of the Internet has been paralleled by attempts to control how people use it, motivated by a desire to protect children, businesses, personal information, the capacity of networks, or moral interests, for example. Some of these concerns involve allowing people
to control their own experience of the Internet (for instance, letting people use spam-filtering tools to prevent spam from being delivered to their own e-mail accounts), but others involve restricting how other people can use the Internet and what those other people can and can't
access. The latter case causes significant conflicts and disagreements when the people whose access is restricted don't agree that the blocking is appropriate or in their interest. Problems also arise when blocking mechanisms and filters reduce access to useful business, health, educational, and other information.

Because of concerns about the effect of internet blocking mechanisms, and the implications of censorship, many individuals and groups are working hard to ensure that the Internet, and the information on it, are freely available to everyone who wants it. There is a vast amount of
energy, from commercial, non-profit and volunteer groups, devoted to creating tools and techniques to bypass Internet censorship. Some techniques require no special software, just a knowledge of where to look for the same information. Programmers have developed a variety of more capable tools, which address different types of filtering and blocking. These tools, often called "circumvention tools" help Internet users access information that they might not otherwise be able to see. This book documents simple circumvention techniques such as a cached file or web proxy, and also describes more complex methods using Tor, which stands for The Onion Router, involving a sophisticated network of proxy servers.

How to Bypass Internet Censorship was written by eight writers in a FLOSS Manuals 'book sprint' - a week-long intensive writing session, and it also includes content from many different authors' previous works on the subject.

How to Bypass Internet Censorship will always be available for free from the FLOSS Manuals Website. Each sale of the book generates $2.50 (USD). 100% of this income goes back into the development of more manuals about free software.

About FLOSS Manuals

FLOSS Manuals is a non-profit foundation and community creating a collection of manuals that explain how to install and use a range of free and open source software. The manuals are friendly and simple, and they are intended to encourage people to explore the wide range of free and open source software. FLOSS stands for Free, Libre Open Source Software, and FLOSS Manuals intends to provide free manuals for free software. The manuals on FLOSS Manuals are written by a community of people, writers, editors, and technicians do a variety of things to keep the manuals as up to date and accurate as possible. The way in which FLOSS Manuals are written mirrors the way in which FLOSS software itself is written: by a community who contribute to and maintain the content.

FLOSS Manuals produces printed books, PDF books, and HTML output. Each chapter from each manual can be recombined with other chapters to create a new manual, which we call remix capability. An embed API lets you use FLOSS Manuals to write the content and then embed the content into your website.

For more information contact:
Adam Hyde
Founder, FLOSS Manuals