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    Proxy (All)

    I live and work in a country where the Internet is censored. I won't say the name but the initials are SA and it's in the Middle East. All Internet access, telephonic at least, goes through a central hub where all Get requests for URLs are examined against a list of banned sites and if found the site is blocked.

    I don't mind them doing this for porn sites as most of them are rubbish and annoying. It's when it comes to sites with political content that goes against the local policy or newspaper sites that the local authorities don't like where I get annoyed. I may not necessarily agree with what is on a site but I agree that the site has the rite to present it.

    Anyway, enough of the soapbox stuff. I have heard rumors that it is possible to set up a 'proxy' site. This site would be hosted on the other side of the censorship wall and would essentially fetch pages on your behalf. Thus negating the examination done by the censoring software. I suppose a Get is translated to a Flurble or something at the client end and then translated back into a Get at the proxy. It's my understanding that it's only Gets that are examined, not returned content.

    Does anyone know of such a site?
    Can I set one up myself? If so, what software do I need?
    Could I design a site that uses server side programs that would do this for me? What about ASP?

    I have searched and searched and I can't locate anything that's remotely like what I want but I'm not sure I'm looking in the right place or using the right language.

    All help will be gratefully received. Come to my pub in England and I'll buy you a pint.

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    Kevin Bell

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    Re: Proxy (All)

    Check out The Anonymizer <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.anonymizer.com/services/paidSurf.shtml>paid anonymous surfing options</A>. For about $5/month, the service will actually encrypt the URL between your PC and the proxy server so that no one in between will know what site you are going to. Quite likely, this will excite the authorities even more, but at least for now, it might be an option.

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    Re: Proxy (All)

    You were right about it exciting the authorities. They are so excited that the anonymizer site is blocked. See the attachment.

    Thanks for the post anyway. I guess I'll have to research this when I am at my home in England.

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    Kevin Bell
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