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Software Aims to Circumvent Internet Censorship

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed new software called Telex that is an approach to circumventing Internet censorship. More and more countries are practicing internship censorship, and with increasingly sophisticated tools. The Telex concept is to place anticensorship technology into the Internet's core network infrastructure through cooperation from large Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who would deploy Telex stations on paths between censors' networks and popular, uncensored Internet destinations. The software leverages censors' unwillingness to completely block day-to-day Internet access, and secretly converts innocuous, unblocked websites into proxies. Telex is easy to distribute and difficult to detect and block.