[KS] NKzone and censorship

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca_mackinnon at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 8 13:08:39 EDT 2004

Thanks to Brother Anthony for his kind words, and for highlighting the
internet censorship problem. NKzone is also blocked in China. I am working
on a solution to move the hosting of www.NKzone.org onto an independent
server so that it will not be blocked. In the meantime, those of you in
South Korea and China who would like to access NKzone content can send an
email to nkzone at yahoo.com requesting a daily email update. 

Frank Hoffman rightly points out that blocked websites can also be accessed
through proxy sites such as www.megaproxy.com. I do not know how the
internet censorship situation will evolve in South Korea, but in China many
of these proxy sites themselves are also blocked. In that case, you need to
configure your web-browser to access the web through a proxy server. Here
are the instructions I recently sent to some people in China:

The method I found most successful while in China is as follows: go to
http://www.stayinvisible.com/index.pl/proxy_list.  Choose a recent proxy
(close to the top of the list) with "high anonymity" and which uses Port 80.
(For some reason Port 80 proxies work best in China - I have no idea why.)
You need to set up your internet browser with this proxy. If you have not
done this before, it is actually quite easy:  in Internet Explorer, go into
the "tools" menu and select "internet options". Then click on the
"connections" tab. If you are using a high-speed connection, click on the
"LAN settings" button. (If you are using a dial-up connection select your
connection in the "dial-up and virtual private network settings" and then
click on the "settings" button, after which the process that follows is the
same.)  After clicking "LAN settings", check the box that says "use a proxy
server.."  Paste the IP address of your chosen proxy server into the
"Address" box, and put 80 into the "Port" box (as I mentioned, port 80
proxies work best in China for some reason, so only use those).  

A couple of points about using proxies:
1. They don't work for more than a few days (at least not from China), at
which point you need to go back to stayinvisible and find a new one. 
2. Some sites that are accessible from China without a proxy are NOT
accessible WITH a proxy. The easiest way to deal with this is: after
plugging in your proxy server, click on the "Advanced" button. In the
"Exceptions" section there is a box where you can enter the URL's of
websites that should be accessed WITHOUT the proxy.

Feel free to share these instructions on proxy usage to your friends and
colleagues. However if the Chinese Internet Big Brother gets wind of
stayinvisible.com, that site could become blocked (as others already have
been). In which case, in order to find more fresh proxy addresses, the best
thing to do is go on google, type in "proxy servers" and click on all proxy
list sites until you find one that isn't blocked.

Best regards,
Rebecca MacKinnon
Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
Editor, "North Korea zone" at: www.NKzone.org

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   1. Re: Censorship in democratic Korea (Ruediger Frank)
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Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2004 14:15:02 +0200
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Dear list,

first of all, I would like to express my respect to the moderators of this 
list for not blocking this thread.

At 17:19 07.07.2004 +0900, Borther Anthony wrote:
>At least 12 people have so far been arrested for sending this
>clip to a friend or friends.

It would be interesting to know (1) by which legal means the authorities 
have learned about the contents of what I suppose was an email-attachment, 
and (2) under which law the suspects have been arrested.




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Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 22:50:11 +0900
From: "Kenneth R. Robinson" <robinson at icu.ac.jp>
Subject: [KS] re: bibliography
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Dear Colleagues,

Just a brief note that the Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai'i 
at Manoa has posted a new Updates file on the Korean history bibliography 

Ken Robinson

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