Media without censorship (CensorFree) scenarios
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Internet Engineering Task Force                         J. Pouwelse, Ed.
Internet-Draft                            Delft University of Technology
Intended status: Standards Track                            July 9, 2012
Expires: January 10, 2013

            Media without censorship (CensorFree) scenarios
                 draft-pouwelse-censorfree-scenarios-00

Abstract

   This document describes some scenarios in which one can imagine that
   the ability of authoritarian regime to censor news dissemination is
   reduced.  It tries to draw some conclusions about what's desirable
   and what's not acceptable for users in those scenarios.

   The CensorFree objective is to standardize the protocols for
   microblogging on smartphones with a focus on security and censorship
   resistance.  Microblog entries are short text messages, possibly
   enriched with pictures or streaming video.  The goal is to devise
   protocols which guard against all known forms of censorship such as:
   cyberspace sabotage, digital eavesdropping, infiltration, fraud,
   Internet kill switches and lawyer-based attacks with the best known
   protective methods.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  Goal: microblogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   4.  Three driving scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     4.1.  20sec scenario  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     4.2.  Internet-Free scenario  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     4.3.  Friends-only scenario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
     7.3.  URL References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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1.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

2.  Introduction

   Freedom to spread information is under active attack in various
   corners of The Internet.  Internet freedom has been losing and
   declining in many areas.  The Internet has been put under strict
   control using mechanisms of significant sophistication and
   complexity.  The age of cyber suppression is upon us and we need to
   act.  The forces favoring freedom need to avoid fragmentation of
   effort and re-group under a single initiative in order to impact the
   lives of millions.

   Democratic countries also face a dilemma.  Restrictions on the free
   information flow is the topics of several proposed laws by elected
   representatives.  The strength of copyright law impacts digital
   information flow.  Politicians must decide between weak copyright
   law, as championed by civil rights activists versus strong copyright
   enforcement, as promoted by numerous players in the creative
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