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Re: Ultrasurf...

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Steve Webster <[log in to unmask]>

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School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 27 Mar 2009 14:44:00 -0400

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I'm with Mike!  I just forwarded Craig's message to our district tech
committee.

Thanks, Craig.

Steve 

-----Original Message-----
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Darth Vader
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 2:22 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Ultrasurf...

Well said!



Michael Vining, SB Network Services
South Burlington School District
South Burlington, Vermont 05403

Direct: (802) 652-7298
DNS Help Desk: (802) 652-7050



-----Original Message-----
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Craig Lyndes @ wcvt.com
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 11:57 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Ultrasurf...

This makes me sad,

How can we extricate ourselves from this battle with the kids?  There
are more of them, and they have far more time than I do.

When a student chooses to visit a site that the school has said is
inappropriate, is it a technology problem?  I don't think so.

It is primarily a supervision issue.  How do we get the adults who are
being paid to guide the students' experience in our school to not allow
unsupervised access?  Do we give up and say it isn't their
responsibility and create the illusion that we have a technological
solution that makes surfing the net in an empty room safe for the
student?  Or do we embark on the difficult task of changing our
organization, one person at a time, so there is an awareness of these
wonderful machines, what good they can do and what mischief the kids can
get involved in.

I know that nothing is perfect, and no matter how well intended the
staff is the kids will find a way to test the boundaries.  Then isn't it
up to us to educate the student?  Isn't this really the time for the On
Line safety/ethics lesson?  Isn't our goal to have the students leaving
our schools responsible citizens of this digital age?  The same ethics
that say it isn't OK to steal (even if you won't get caught) say that it
isn't OK to go around the school's Internet policy.

The only legitimate purpose for the filters is to keep the students from
accidentally stumbling over inappropriate material.  Once they have the
will and the opportunity to purposely break our rules the technology
will not prevent them.  We have to find another way to deal with this
issue, which is a human, learning, growth issue, not a technology issue.

(Ducking an Running)
Craig Lyndes


>
> Has anyone yet encountered an SSL proxy app called, Ultrasurf?  Found
some
> students using it yesterday to bypass our filter and it's quite
clever.
> It creates an SSL tunnel on alternating ports to a variety of proxy 
> addresses.  Our Barracuda web filter won't block it because it doesn't
see
> the encrypted traffic.  It looks like I'll probably need to block it
at
> the workstation level using Zenworks/Grouppolicy..... Also found this 
> little windows service someone wrote that seems to stop it:
>
> http://blog.zemana.com/2009/01/zemana-anti-ultrasurf.html
>
> Jeez... If the tools are out there to get around the Great Firewall of

> China, they'll probably have a good shot getting through our filters.
>
> Anyone dealt with Ultrasurf yet?
>
> TGIF!
> Eric
>
>
>
>
>
> Eric I Snay
> Technology Coordinator
> Fair Haven Union High School
> Fair Haven VT  05743
> t: 802.265.4966  f: 802.265.3602
>

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