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Re: Italy orders ISPs to block sites

  • From: Owen DeLong
  • Date: Tue Mar 07 03:54:11 2006

--On March 7, 2006 1:35:05 PM +0530 Suresh Ramasubramanian <[email protected]> wrote:

On 3/7/06, Owen DeLong <[email protected]> wrote:
Singapore seems to force all of their ISPs to send all HTTP requests
through a proxy that has a set of rules defining sites you are not
allowed to visit.

As does (for example) the UAE, and China.  But not Italy.

So this is quite moot, I expect.

Also - having all local cable / broadband / dialup providers do
something like this would cover the vast majority of internet users in
the country .. not too many people or companies are going to be
running their own resolvers, at least in a small country like Italy.

I guess that depends.  Afterall, all you need to run your own resolver
is a copy of bind and linux, macos, or windows to run it on. A caching
recursive resolver is pretty easy to set up.  If that becomes what it
takes to get around government regulations, I suspect gamblers who
really want to gamble will learn fairly quickly.

The numbers are likely to be trivially small as compared to the number
of people just using their ISP resolvers.  So a fake zone loaded into
the resolvers redirecting these banned sites elsewhere should do just
fine, I guess.

Today, true.  Tomorrow, depends on the motivation level of the affected
audience and the publication level of the trivial solution to the currently
prescribed method of control.


Suresh Ramasubramanian ([email protected])