The Pirate Bay recently celebrated their 10th birthday this past Saturday by announcing a new gift for internet users — PirateBrowser:
“a simple one-click browser that circumvents censorship and blockades and makes the site instantly available and accessible.”
- screenshot via the PirateBrowser
PirateBrowser is downloadable via bitTorrent and is available to anyone with access to the world wide web. It was created to allow citizens from countries such as Iran, North Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland to browse the internet unopposed. While it was created to “circumvent censorship,” and I can envision the tremendously positive affect it will have on internet freedom, the Debbie Downer in me is thinking about potential implications for terrorists and child pornographers. Not to mention having to worry that I won’t be able to block certain stuff from my daughter if/when she finds out about this. Ack! (P.S. — No, I don’t let my second grader browse the internet unsupervised; and yes, she does have a newer iPad than me. Le Sigh.)
What does it mean?
According to their FAQ, PirateBrowser doesn’t allow users to surf the net anonymously, but it does link to a service that does. Am I taking the whole think globally, act locally bit a little too far?? What do you think of Pirate Bay’s latest gift to their users?
Sarah Morgano (@sarahmorgano) is an Academic Operations Assistant @CUNYSPS as well as a Community Facilitator on the CUNY Academic Commons. When she isn’t creating or updating content, tweeting for the @cunycommons, troublshooting, or studying for her M.A. in Liberals Studies at the @CUNYGradCenter w/ a focus in Digital Humanities, she likes to ride bikes on the Shore Road bike path with her husband and their 7yo.