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Blocking Communication - Breaking Out

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it If you have been following my previous post you will realize how quickly a state actor can just disrupt any kind of communication relying on a centralized telecom authority or Internet Service providers. Anything that can be threatened technically and legally can and will be used to block access to the Internet and communication mediums. Hence we need a solution that can circumvent these hurdles. This blog post is inspired by the recent events happening at Kashmir, India and how repeatedly state actors in different parts of globes using laws to curb access to freedom of speech.
I present to you today: NoConnect
The idea first was envisioned at a Mozilla Leadership Summit back in 2015 at Singapore along with Priyanka Nag and a few more people(whom I don't remember anymore :( ). Then it took two years for it to come out to a prototype stage. And now this is in a stable enough stage where you can use t…

Blocking Communication - A perspective from India : The Beginning

Update: If you want to know how to circumvent this kind of blocking. head over to my second part of the blog post.  If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
When Alexander Graham Bell invented in 1876, it literally changed how we communicate with each other. Then in 1971 we saw the first email being sent, closely followed by the development of what we would know as the Internet today. And since 2001 we have steadily invested in how we communicate with each other using telecommunication and internet. Both include landline, mobile, and internet connectivity. Today this shapes how we communicate with each other in our society and the ISP and Telecom Companies are the backbones which provide the service. Which also makes them a single choking point if somebody wants to regulate the communication.
Governments across the world are increasingly resorting to Internet shutdowns (also referred to as Internet blackouts) for a wide range o…