How to avoid DNS censorship

Posted on October 6, 2011

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Today, I’ve read on the Pirate Bay’s blog that the customers of Belgacom and Telenet (two belgian ISPs) will be censored via DNS. The DNS, short for Domain Name Service, is the server that convert the logic URL address (e.g. http://www.google.com) in IP address (e.g. 173.194.32.48), the address used by your computer to communicate with the web server (website).

This means whenever someone try to browse thepiratebay.org from Belgium, a request is sent to the DNS server (censored) which doesn’t provide the correct IP (194.71.107.15).

To avoid the censorship, TPB proposes several options:

  • The easiest one would be to use the Google DNS server. You just need to set manually the DNS server addresses
  • Another one would be to use OpenDNS to create your own DNS server at home
  • Last one but not least option would be to surf on internet though a VPN (Virtual Private Network). This might requires few IT skills. Maybe a future post?

[EDIT] I just found an article also from TorrentFreak that TPB just adds a new domain to bypass the Belgian DNS censorship. Belgians can now use the URL DePiraatBaai.be (translation of ThePirateBay in Dutch, one of the 3 official language of Belgium) to access the torrent search engine.

I’m actually quite surprised this is happening in Belgium. Mostly because, so far, Belgium never really attempt to hinder the freedom of internet for them citizen (unlike HADOPI in France), and also because I think they should focus on other topic, like setting a government for instance.

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