“Secure connection”, “httpS”, could be used as way of censorship

In recent episodes of No Agenda Show, Adam Curry proposed a thesis that “httpS”, a “secure connection”, could be used as means of censorship (Shows 795, 796. You can listen directly by clicking on the links thanks to the excellent “Search” function of noagendaplayer.com).


This thesis has grounds. Indeed, the latest versions of Google Chrome and Opera browsers DO NOT have the option to “proceed to the site anyway” if “there is a problem with site’s security certificate”. Earlier versions of some browsers had this option. Notably, an Internet Explorer 6.0.29… , that I happen to have, has the option “proceed to the site anyway”.

I came across all of this when I tried to access one of No Agenda sites, already mentioned above, https://www.noagendaplayer.com.



When I reported this on Twitter, other listeners of No Agenda Show suggested that the problem is with my computer and/or network. Well, I could access noagendaplayer.com on one of my mobile phones, but when I used the same phone as “Protable WLAN hotspot”, I could not access noagendaplayer.com on my computer. Thus, on different networks,  my computer would not access the website noagendaplayer.com, if I use Chrome or Opera. Firefox, on the other hand, DOES NOT block the site.

So far, I could see that only Internet Explorer 6.0… has the indispensible option to “proceed to the site anyway”. And this is my point:

if browsers don’t have the option “proceed to the site anyway”, httpS could be used to censor web sites.


Thus, Adam Curry’s thesis finds, to an extent, a confirmation.

Another related question is about the Internet We Need: Zero cost publishing, peer-to-peer distributed, impossible to censor.

A couple of twits on this subject: