December 02, 2002

Apache's mod_gzip module and anti-censorship encoding

I've come across many anti-censorship discussions which concern themselves with encoding web pages in transit, so that the packets cannot be inspected for prohibited content. For the record, in practice, this is a solved problem. The solution is an Apache server module which is called mod_gzip

mod_gzip is an Internet Content Acceleration module for the popular Apache Web Server. It compresses the contents delivered to the client. There is no need to install any additional software on the client!

So, it's integrated into a leading web-server, requires NO client effort - what more could one ask? To be sure, the stream could be decompressed by an eavesdropper. But in terms of random packet-scanning for keywords, the individual packets are simply incomprehensible binary data. And the module actually works and is useful, too! It's hard to do better than that.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on December 02, 2002 02:29 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups

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