February 02, 2006

Anti-Censorship Talk Is Cheap, Anti-Censorship Money Is Scarce

You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We're doing what we can

-- Beatles, "Revolution"

In the wake of ChinaCenGoo, I was looking at the website of Tor: An anonymous Internet communication system.

Activism is hard, as in, unprofitable. It seems they don't have money these days, so they're asking for donations:

As of October 2005, EFF no longer has any money for supporting the Tor project. Your donation will help Roger and Nick focus on Tor development and usability rather than looking for new sponsors and getting distracted by day jobs. Help us keep Tor under active development!

It's no psychic trick at all to predict that there will be a new outpouring of blathering about fighting China's censorship with The Internet! and Blogs!!! [links omitted out of self-preservation]. When you read that stuff, please take note of how much serves merely to attract attention for the bibblers, as opposed to helping anyone actually do anything.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on February 02, 2006 10:07 PM (Infothought permalink)
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I just ended a six-month quest to get a Tor server up and running on the Berkeley campus. Today, I got conditional approval... yay.

Posted by: joe at February 2, 2006 11:18 PM

As long as Tor costs money to run it is not a good idea. Compared to, say, Freenet.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 4, 2006 07:35 PM

As long as TOR works and freenet doesn't it is a good idea. And Freenet doesn't.

I2P is rather interesting (http://www.i2p.net) but the usability isn't as good as it could be, and the requirement of java would put off some casual users.

Posted by: David at February 7, 2006 07:19 AM