[tor-talk] Tor Weekly News — October 9th, 2013

Matt Pagan matt at pagan.io
Fri Oct 11 18:51:13 UTC 2013

On Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:41:25 +0100
mick <mbm at rlogin.net> wrote:

> On Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:51:24 +0000
> Matt Pagan <matt at pagan.io> allegedly wrote:
> > This past week on the Tor Help Desk someone requested assistance
> > setting up Tor to circumvent the internet censorship done by the
> > UK government. I wrote this blurb because I wanted the Tor community
> > to be alerted to this new use case. I pointed to your post so that
> > Tor Weekly News readers would have a frame of reference for what was
> > happening in the United Kingdom without revealing the contents of
> > the actual conversation I had. 
> > 
> Hi Matt
> No problem. However, whilst we do have the beginnings of very
> intrusive network censorship in the UK (some ISPs are more pliable
> than others when leaned on) we do not /yet/ have what you could call
> a a pan UK firewall on the lines of that seen in more (ahem)
> repressive regimes.
> It is interesting that UK users should be approaching the Tor help
> desk for advice, and "use Tor" is certainly good advice. But you could
> equally say "change your ISP to one with some balls". UK users should
> stay away from the majors (BT, Virgin, talk-talk, O2, Sky, EE etc) and
> use one of the multiple independents. BT in particular has a very bad
> track record (see "phorm") whilst the likes of AAISP are truly
> excellent.
> If enough UK users vote with their wallets, ISPs may be more inclined
> to grow a pair. Unfortunately, the general UK reaction to the Snowden
> revelations seem only to prove how apathetic UK users really are.
> Best
> Mick
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Thanks for shedding more light on the situation in the UK. I'll take
that into consideration.

Matt Pagan

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