Silence censorship. Automate the effect.
The Internet can be a little unfair. It's way too easy for ISPs, telecoms, politicians, and corporations to block access to the sites and information that you care about. But breaking through these restrictions is tough. Or is it?
If you have an account with a cloud computing provider, Streisand can set up a new node with many censorship-resistant VPN services nearly automatically. You'll need a little experience with a Unix command-line. (But without Streisand, it could take days for a skilled Unix administrator to configure these services securely!) At the end, you'll have a private website with software and instructions.
Here's what a sample Streisand server looks like.
There's a list of supported cloud providers; experts may be able to use Streisand to install on many other cloud providers.
One type of tool that people use to avoid network censorship is a Virtual Private Network (VPN). There are many kinds of VPNs.
Not all network censorship is alike; in some places, it changes from day to day. Streisand provides many different VPN services to try. (You don't have to install them all, though.)
Some Streisand services include add-ons for further censorship and throttling resistance:
- Tinyproxy may be used as an HTTP proxy.
- OpenConnect / Cisco AnyConnect
- This protocol is widely used by multi-national corporations, and might not be blocked.
- Stunnel add-on available.
- simple-obfs add-on available.
- A private Tor bridge relay
- Obfsproxy with obfs4 available as an add-on.
- WireGuard, a modern high-performance protocol.
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Azure
- Digital Ocean
- Google Compute Engine (GCE)
We recommend using one of the above providers. If you are an expert and can set up a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 server elsewhere, there are "localhost" and "existing remote server" installation methods. For more information, see the advanced installation instructions.
You need command-line access to a Unix system. You can use Linux, BSD, or macOS; on Windows 10, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) counts as Linux.
Once you're ready, see the full installation instructions.
Things we want to do better
Aside from a good deal of cleanup, we could really use:
- Easier setup.
- Faster adoption of new censorship-avoidance tools
We're looking for help with both.
If there is something that you think Streisand should do, or if you find a bug in its documentation or execution, please file a report on the Issue Tracker.
- Jay Carlson (@nopdotcom)
- Nick Clarke (@nickolasclarke)
- Joshua Lund (@jlund)
- Ali Makki (@alimakki)
- Daniel McCarney (@cpu)
- Corban Raun (@CorbanR)
Jason A. Donenfeld deserves a lot of credit for being brave enough to reimagine what a modern VPN should look like and for coming up with something as good as WireGuard. He has our sincere thanks for all of his patient help and high-quality feedback.
We are grateful to Trevor Smith for his massive contributions. He suggested the Gateway approach, provided tons of invaluable feedback, made everything look better, and developed the HTML template that served as the inspiration to take things to the next level before Streisand's public release.
Starcadian's 'Sunset Blood' album was played on repeat approximately 300 times during the first few months of work on the project in early 2014.