obstcp by Google Code
obstcp stand for Obfuscated TCP and it is a new project brought to us from the fine folks at Google. According to Google “It’s designed to hamper and detect large-scale wiretapping and corruption of TCP traffic on the Internet”. Those are two great verbs hamper AND detect.
Google provides a great paper that clarifies the reasoning and technical aspects. obstcp is a wonderful project within itself but it is wonderful to consider the longterm effects of such a project.
Imagine if a detection and encryption protocol designed to obfuscate traffic was deployed on 75% of computers. What would we find? What if we had real data about ISP traffic manipulation and government wiretaps so that we could find better ways to subvert their practices. This could advance privacy years ahead.
I know that this will never happen but the idealist in me wonders how this might change the very nature of our internet. Thank you for Google for always surprising me. Do No Evil