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Schoolkid punished for making a proxy

What you do at home is 'illegal'
Fri Feb 01 2008, 17:05

A COMPUTER literate high school kid was dragged out of his philosophy exam finals and told he may not graduate because he built a proxy server at home.

Robert Fafnani made a new proxy for a small group of friends called Afnani’s Moo Proxy. Apparently a few kids at his school, Langley High started using it. He was pretty nintendoed off but not half as miffed as when he got hauled out of his philosophy exam to get a right rollicking from the administrator.

True, we only have Fafnani's side of the story, but it seems that the administrator was one of those who feel they have the power of god over everyone, coupled with a complete ignorance of things legal or technical.

The administrator started by telling him that running a proxy server was illegal. After all what would happen if students were using it to secretly learn about making a bomb? Fafnani would go to jail.

Fafnani tried to argue his way out of it and pointed out that under the school Student Network Access Agreement there was no mention of setting up a proxy from home. Anyway it was not illegal to run your own website or a proxy server.

However since he is about to graduate he has decided not to make any waves. His school account was also shut down.

In his bog he moaned that he was the little man in this situation and the school thinks it has all the power. He is now forced to take all his proxies offline, otherwise he will face “repeat network abuse” and will get in a LOT of trouble.

He said he found it unfair that Fairfax County Public Schools felt it could impose “this kind of totalitarianism" on him and claims it has made him a criminal for making proxies. µ


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