Circumvent censorship with free DNS-Infopolicy
March 28, 2012
Reclaim The Internet In Under A Minute
Falkvinge on Infopolicy: March 14, 2012
After you read this post and follow its instructions, you will be able to show how all the money and energy being spent on censoring the Internet was pointless. Plus, give yourself a more free web browsing experience.
As Rick pointed out in a recent post, the United States Government has declared war on trade, making its attack through the DNS system: one of the most critical and forgotten pieces of infrastructure on the Internet. Governments all over the world are destroying access to information by the corruption of local DNS systems. It’s time we reclaim our Internet by taking back our DNS.
TOO LONG; DIDN’T READ Blah blah blah, Travis, just tell me what I need to know….Okay go to UseOpenNIC.org and follow the instructions
There are currently many “Alt-Roots” out there for you to choose from, and many more are popping up every day, even when writing this post I had a friend ask me to write about some of these new bitcoin based DNS systems instead. When dealing with DNS, however, I want a reliable system that has been proven; a system that is democratic and decentralized; I want OpenNIC.
To give a brief overview: OpenNIC is over 12 years old (which is basically 120 years old in Internet time), and is the DNS root used by many popular people within our community such as TiAMO (Pirate Bay dude) and NovaKing (EZTV dude). It has a mailing list where new TLDs are democratically voted on; a transparent way of knowing who is logging what when you use their server for your DNS; and the ability to choose what country your DNS goes through. Finally, and most importantly for most people, it still resolves ICAAN TLDs so you can still go to your favourite dot-coms (and even better, you can go to your favourite dot-coms even if they are blocked in your country).
OpenNIC TLDs are community owned so they don’t get seized, even if a server was shut off, the TLDs would still resolve through the system due to the decentralized nature of the network. Finally when you switch your DNS to OpenNIC you have removed the power of your government and the United States government to block what websites you go to. By making this quick and transparent change to your computer, you are protecting the internet
I have created a very simple website to help you sign up for OpenNIC in under a minute, go to http://useopennic.org, put in the country you want your DNS to be in, select your operating system, and you will get a guide which will help you setup your computer in less than a minute.
Democratic Censorship Free Browsing
Keep the internet you love, with a little extra content and a whole lot of extra freedom.
No Software To Install
Have A Say In Your DNS
The OpenNIC project is a democratic body which each user gets a vote when deciding new TLDs, policy changes, and the direction of the project.
Freedom From Government Intervention
The Internet is not owned by any single government, corporation, or individual. OpenNIC takes DNS away from a centeral authority operated in cooperation with the US Federal Government, and moves it into the hands of the users of the Internet.
Total DNS Neutrality
No corporation can say what websites should or shouldn’t load, and the speed in which they load. By using OpenNIC you no longer have to question your ISPs motives, and can rest assured that at least the websites you visit are not being throttled.
Protect Your Privacy
Governments all over the world are looking for ways to capture your internet usage data. You choose the DNS server you connect to, what country it’s located in, and how much logging is done.
No Cost (Gratis)
There are no plans to charge money for OpenNIC, it’s free to use and the servers are run by volunteers (who go through a democratic approval process). No advertisements, no collection of data, and no monthly fees.
New Top Level Domains
Unlock a whole new level of Internet! With OpenNIC you will have access to a constantly expanding range of new TLDs for you to visit and register.
Think you have a Top Level Domain that you would like to add to OpenNIC? Then submit a request to the community, provide a server for the TLD to run on, and you are set!
No More ISP DNS Hijacking
Have you ever typed a wrong URL into your browser and get redirected to a search page owned by your ISP? The domain you were typing in, the ads you click, and the search you input can all be collected by your ISP. This also is just annoying.
With OpenNIC when you reach a URL that is invalid, then it lets your browser use it’s default response to the error… instead of trying to decide what’s best for you.
Universal access to human knowledge is in our grasp, for the first time in the history of the world. This is not a bad thing.