Canadian professor named “world changer” by Esquire mag

A University of Toronto professor has been named a “world changer” by Esquire magazine for his work on technology that enables people in countries with restricted Internet access to circumvent censorship.

Ron Deibert, an associate professor of political science and director of the University’s Citizen Lab, launched the software called Psiphon last year.

The current version of the software lets users send a unique Web address to friends or family in one of 40 countries with censored Internet use, who once connected to the “server” can access censored Web sites.

The second version, due to be released this Winter, will be a free service available to anyone worldwide who may not have a trusted contact in an uncensored country willing to set up a psiphon node for them.

Pshipon is a downloadable program .