Thursday, December 27, 2007

About PHProxy

Dec 10th 2007:

Since my cessation of PHProxy activities back in September, I've received many emails of disappointment and sadness towards my decision. What I have to make clear here is that this decision was personal and no government has ever contacted me about PHProxy. I'm not Iranian, don't even live in Iran and have never been there. I live in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai ring a bell?).

The reason for stopping development was my feeling that the web proxy business was an inherently immoral one. Its main goal is circumventing censorship which was imposed by a legitimate authority of sorts, and disobeying this authority was therefore illegal, and by extension, immoral.

Another issue was pornography. The vast majority of web proxy users use it to browse pornography (go take a look at your log files if you run a proxy). This is another personally immoral thing to be involved in no matter what my intention is with regards to circumventing censorship. You can lie to yourself and say that it's for freedom of information, that there are legitimate uses for web proxies (which there indeed are), but the bad outweighs the good as evident, and as such it is immoral.

Everyone has their own gauge by which they defines what's good and what's bad. And this gauge is calibrated by many factors such as religion, culture, society, and circumstances. You may disagree with my decision, but I believe it was the right thing to do.

Some have contacted me with requests of “officially” taking over the PHProxy project. Some have requested to take over the SourceForge page, some requesting to buy whiteFyre (no). I officially support none. Feel free to make your own fork, there's nothing stopping you, but there's no “official” PHProxy anymore if that's possible to say.

As of September 7th 2007, I, Abdullah Arif (eugee, ultimategamer00, uG, et cetera), completely renounce and disavow the PHProxy (poxy) project and all past and future works and derivatives based on the PHProxy script. I will no longer continue development nor support for this script. I relinquish all rights and disclaim all responsibilities associated. This decision is final. Thanks to everyone for their support.

{اللهم أنت ربي لا إله إلا أنت خلقتني وأنا عبدك وأنا على عهدك ووعدك ما استطعت أعوذ بك من شر ما صنعت أبوء لك بنعمتك علي وأبوء لك بذنبي فاغفر لي فإنه لا يغفر الذنوب إلا أنت }

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