October 15, 2005



Dear Peacefire...ers,

FYI, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to bypass blocking software on a machine somewhere, we have set up a free site at
Obviously, since we are publicizing this URL and linking it from our site, it's likely to end up on the block lists of all the major blocking programs. However, we've found that a high proportion of computers where these programs are installed, do not have their blocked-site lists updated very often, either because the program came with a limited subscription for list updates and that ran out, or the admins who are supposed to do the updating just rarely get around to it. So there is a good chance this URL will work even from a censored computer.

That page also has a form where you can enter your email address to be notified of the locations where we set up any future blocking-software-bypass sites. So even if blocking software companies start responding faster to block new bypass sites when they're announced, by getting on that updates list you can get one step ahead of them whenever we create and announce a new bypass site, since they're cheap and easy to set up. ...

Given the politics and situational conflicts of interest, I'll just say this will be intriguing to watch.

[Disclaimer: I think I'm still technically listed as a member of Peacefire, but any active connection was years ago, and there's no material connection now.]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on October 15, 2005 09:28 PM (Infothought permalink)
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I tried it out...it bypasses the filter very nicely....

Good work Bennet

Posted by: Bob Turner at October 16, 2005 08:14 PM

What are the "situational conflicts of interest"? Surely not for us; we've been helping people get around blocking software for years.

Posted by: Bennett Haselton at October 17, 2005 06:04 PM

Yes, what are they?

Posted by: David at October 18, 2005 11:08 AM

I took it to email.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at October 18, 2005 11:10 AM

Thanks, works great! Helps me getting around the freshly blocked wiki site! (I am in the most populated country of the world.)

Pity that you cannot prevent the blockers from signing up your e-mail alert, which would be a nice twist :-)

Posted by: Steve at October 20, 2005 10:33 PM

Actually Steve not only can he kick blockers off his list but he probably did which is why you probably didn't see this

"Before you get half the dissenting youth of China "executed" you might point out that everyone should clear their history and cache after a session as well as watch out for "logging" features. One might think they are in the clear with your by pass but the logs are a "gotcha" feature not to mention "e-mail logs forward". "

more on this at


Of course Bennet if I'm wrong about this let me know and I'll apologlize and retract...

Lotsa secret e-mails on this one....

Posted by: Bob Turner at October 21, 2005 10:11 PM

I used this site last week and it was working, my school must check the history because its blocked today. :(

Posted by: TJ at November 7, 2005 11:37 AM