Tag Archive: Hypertext Transfer Protocol


 photo FamilySurvivalProtocolColliseumBannergrayscale900x338_zpsb17c85d0.jpg          Global Community Report Banner photo FSPLogoGlobalCommunityFulloldworldmapbckgrnd_zps43d3059c.jpg

……………………………………………………………………………………

Error 451: New Bradbury-inspired HTTP code to show legal censorship

© Samantha Sais
A newly approved 451 error code will be used on pages which have been censored by the government for legal reasons. The code number was inspired by the famous dystopian Ray Bradbury novel ‘Fahrenheit 451.’

The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) approved on Monday a new Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) status – code 451 that will be seen by internet users when the page is blocked by government due to ‘legal obstacles.’

“This status code indicates that the server is denying access to the resource as a consequence of a legal demand,” the body, responsible for internet operating standards, said in a statement.

 

The IESG has approved the 451 (Unavailable for Legal Reasons) Status code; great job @timbray! https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-httpbis-legally-restricted-status/ 

IESG said that it advises the authorities to include the information on who and why blocked a certain website.

However, “it is possible that certain legal authorities might wish to avoid transparency, and not only demand the restriction of access to certain resources, but also avoid disclosing that the demand was made.”

Though it said that in many cases the sites could still be accessed using a VPN or the Tor network.

 

Read More Here

Advertisements

Published time: August 03, 2013 11:10
Edited time: August 04, 2013 15:25

Screenshot from www.wikipedia.org

Screenshot from http://www.wikipedia.org

Wikipedia is taking steps to make its site ‘unsnoopable’ to the NSA following revelations that its site users were being spied on. The measures will include the use of secure encryption for its logged-in users to minimize eavesdropping.

The non-profit US-based organization that manages Wikipedia, Wikimedia, has released a statement, announcing the introduction of HTTPS security protocol on its website to protect its visitors.

“[Wikipedia] believes strongly in protecting the privacy of its readers and editors. Recent leaks of the NSA’s XKeyscore program have prompted our community members to push for the use of HTTPS by default for the Wikimedia projects,” said the statement published on the organization’s website.

HTTPS protocol shields against eavesdropping and tampering with internet communications, using bilateral encryption between the server and the internet user.

Using the protocol would minimize the risks of the snooping on users’ internet activity.

A report by UK publication The Guardian revealed that the NSA was monitoring the users who accessed one of the world’s most popular websites. In response to the revelation the organization’s co-founder, Jimmy Wales announced that Wikipedia would be introducing security measures to protect site visitors, starting from August 21.

However, he noted that bugs were delaying the upgrade from regular HTTP protocol to HTTPS.

“Our current architecture cannot handle HTTPS by default, but we’ve been incrementally making changes to make it possible. Since we appear to be specifically targeted by XKeyscore, we’ll be speeding up these efforts,” Wikimedia said on its website.

Read More Here

Enhanced by Zemanta