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Censored Planet Works Toward 'Internet Freedom'

In Fordham University’s News portal, Janet Sassi shares a new project from the University of Michigan called Censored Planet, which is “enlisting 400,000 servers around the world to monitor censorship and network interference.” She cites Benjamin Vandersloot from the University of Michigan, who says, “Ideally, a router’s job is to send data forward—but they are smarter now. Some very clever things are being used to block access to information. … China and Iran are the most public countries about web censorship practices.”

Sassi explains, “Although nobody can say for certain that the persons pulling the switches are censoring, the [Censored Planet] project measures patterns that show connection breakdowns.” Vandersloot says, “We who work on Censored Planet are in favor of internet freedom. And we’re trying to enable that for everyone.”

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