Congratulations to Professor Ron Deibert (a/k/a “profd”) and his entire Citizen Lab team on today’s release of their new application, psiphon. The festivities here in Toronto include lectures at noon, as part of Protect the Net – Toronto, and then the world-wide release of the application from 3 – 7 p.m., all at the Munk Centre at the University of Toronto. The release of psiphon has already garnered extensive press coverage.
In the words of the CL team, “psiphon is a human rights software project developed by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies that allows citizens in uncensored countries to provide unfettered access to the Net through their home computers to friends and family members who live behind firewalls of states that censor.”
I place not just a small amount of hope in this (and kind) wonderfully cohesive tool. Social Networking meets Hi-Tech software. Each aspect of this initiative elevates the component parts to a new high bar in the field.