Censorship Arms Race: Research vs. Practice

TitleCensorship Arms Race: Research vs. Practice
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsAfroz, S., Fifield D., Tschantz M. Carl, Paxson V., & Tygar J.D..
Published inProceedings of the Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs)
Date Published06/2015

Government censorship of the Internet has been prevalent in many countries in recent years. Researchers have deployed numerous censorship evasion tools to provide open access to information. Censors, in response, have blocked access to evasion tools. In our talk, we will survey the evaluation techniques and censor models that have been used by researchers, and compare them against the blocking techniques used by real censors, as informed by an in-depth timeline of the blocking of Tor. The goal of the discussion is to illuminate the lack of principled evaluation criteria and the mismatch between research and practice, and to propose a set of criteria that we consider are important.

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