AN ANTI-CENSORSHIP WEB BROWSER released by The Pirate Bay has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
The Pirate Bay made the web browser available only this week, but it has already proven popular according to a report at Torrentfreak.
"I didn't think it would catch on so fast," said The Pirate Bay's Winston. "I guess people want to see the websites their governments and courts are trying to hide from them."
The Firefox 23 based web browser uses a Tor client to let internet users circumvent blocks put in place by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). For example, in the UK Virgin Media and other ISPs block The Pirate Bay and other download and link websites.
"It's not providing anonymity and it's not secure to hide your identity. Piratebrowser is only supposed to circumvent censoring and website blocking," added Winston. "If we made the browser fully anonymous it would only slow down browsing."
According to The Pirate Bay representative known as Winston Smith, in a nod to George Orwell's protagonist in 1984, the website is working on other software that will help its users skip around web blocks. Likely next to be released will be a Bittorrent application that will let end users store a version of The Pirate Bay on their home computers.
The Pirate Bay released the web browser on its 10th birthday, calling it a gift to its users. While they can use it to access blocked websites there are dozens of proxy websites that offer alternate routes to its magnets.
Presently the web browser download torrent is being shared by around 5,000 people, according to the report. µ