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Friday, June 14 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Refraction Networking: Deploying next-generation censorship circumvention

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Refraction Networking (RN) is a new kind of censorship circumvention tool, which is the culmination of more than eight years of research. Unlike conventional circumvention methods that use proxies located on individual hosts, which can be identified or blocked by censors, RN places proxies, called refraction stations, within the networks of participating Internet Service Providers (ISPs). To use RN, users open connections to innocuous, non-complicit websites, and embed a hidden cryptographic signal in these connections. If the connection passes by a refraction station, the station detects the signal and acts as a proxy on behalf of the user, allowing the user to reach any website. To the censor, it appears the client is only connected to an innocuous (unblocked) website, making it difficult for the censor to block without blocking a large number of potentially useful sites. In this session, we will give a high-level description and brief history of Refraction Networking and its challenges, and describe our ongoing deployment that we have operated over the past 6 months. We will describe our experience operating our deployment in heavily-censored regions for hundreds of thousands of users, and describe our ongoing work to scale-up and add new features.


Friday June 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Jelsa (Laico)