U.S. Slips Through Great Firewall of China With New Technology

The U.S. government has figured out how to bust through Internet censorship filters in order to deliver news and other vital information via e-mail to people in countries like China, according to a recent report, according to the Foxnews "The official report from the Broadcasting Board of Governors detailed successful testing the agency conducted last […]

The U.S. government has figured out how to bust through Internet censorship filters in order to deliver news and other vital information via e-mail to people in countries like China, according to a recent report, according to the Foxnews "The official report from the Broadcasting Board of Governors detailed successful testing the agency conducted last year as it tried to slip data into inboxes in Hong Kong and China. The testing involved technology known as Feed Over e-mail, or FOE, to bypass traps the Chinese government has in place to screen out unwanted Internet content."

The foe-project, hosted by Google and created in May 2009, is "a new anti-censorship tool that allows users in censored countries to receive news updates." The only requirement is that the end user be able to use POP3 and SMTP, along with an email account from a foreign provider. It works by compressing the payload to evade keyword filters employed by China and other regimes.

"If there's a blackout ... nothing works," BBG Director of Information Security Ken Berman said.

But the agency's testing demonstrated that, at least in China, it can be used effectively to transmit everything from RSS feeds to downloadable files to proxy web addresses which users can access to browse an uncensored version of the Internet.

While this tool will obviously not help citizens when a country shuts down access to the internet, it can be used to provide information that would otherwise be unavailable. It allows the recipients to receive RSS feeds, proxy sites to bypass security measures, or TOR clients to surf online anonymously.

As for the FOE technology, one of the conditions is that it requires the user, say in a country like China or Iran, to have an e-mail account with a foreign provider like Google's Gmail.

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