“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).

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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.

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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.

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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:

 

 

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