I had the privilege last week of talking at the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress about the state of Internet Censorship in 2015 and the major developments in blocking and measurements last year.
The talk is now online and available for streaming. It’s meant as a primer on the topic, and to show the growing normalization and corporate control of filtering.
I’ll be giving a talk next week at CCCamp on the Open Proxy ecosystem, following up on some work I did last year looking at the operators, users, and traffic.
I’m quite excited to be talking at CascadiaFest this summer about the work I’ve been doing on scanning the Internet.
My talk proposal is archived here. The cool end-results are still getting ready for publication, but one of the code modules I’m pretty excited about that happened in the process is ip2country.
Finally got a new server up and running. It’s interesting to go through the setup process every once in a while to see what parts of it are still hardware. I also got to explore some new corners of the process, like dealing with the remote admin interface, and structuring DNS and NICs across multiple public interfaces.
I’m excited to be supported by the Open Technology Fund on my research of activist.js. I’ve found myself in highly esteemed company, and hope to live up to goals of program.
Will Scott, a graduate student in the Networking Lab at the University of Washington, will continue his work on Activist.js, a tool that helps publishers resist censorship by maintaining strong websites that are more resilient to network interference.
Read the OTF announcement.
The proceedings for BITCOIN’15 are now available, including our paper on some of the legal issues surrounding crypto-currencies.
I spent friday at the new england networks and systems day in Boston. It was surprisingly doable to get up to Boston, something I hadn’t really processed living on the west coast. It was also great to see a bunch of people in the community that I don’t get to see very often.
I completed the Generals requirements at UW today, and have advanced to a doctoral candidate.
Happy to see BladeDroid appear at APSys next month. BladeDroid is Ravi’s project to figure out how to translate user scripts (browser extensions) into Android and get users back in control of their Apps.
I spent a bit of time last month looking at Open Proxies. They’re are one of the dark corners of the internet that have been around forever but which we still don’t really understand.
It was really cool to get a view into the largely international nature of the servers, get a sense of where they are running, and start to see the SEO fraud and surveillance entities which are co-opting the mechanism.
More data and the paper submission