HTTP 112 – Emergency. Censorship in action.
June 10, 2012 3:50 AM Subscribe
posted by jeffburdges (99 comments total)
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Does HTTP need a status code for censorship
In essence, they argue that web servers should never knowingly falsify the reason an HTTP request is denied, citing the W3C specification's statement that "The 4xx class of status code is intended for cases in which the client seems to have erred."
Background : ISPs are being ordered to censor thepiratebay.se in the Netherlands and U.K. These DNS blocks are easy to circumvent using tools that bypass nation level censorship, like MAFIAAFire, OpenNIC, OpenDNS, VPNReactor, commercial VPNs, Tor, etc. The blocks have raised awareness of the U.K. and Dutch Pirate Parties, who ran proxies (recently). The Dutch Pirate Party's proxy was shutdown by the Dutch judge, who "[previously ran] a commercial anti-piracy outfit together with the [plaintiff]" (TF).