Singapore student’s free tool on Google Chrome raises legal concerns

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 28, 2013
The tool bypasses porn censors’ filters

An unnamed student of National University of Singapore (NUS) has come into the limelight for developing a Web browser add-on tool on Google Chrome.

The tool has so far been downloaded over 6,300 times (since 16 February) and can be used to bypass the Internet filters to access porn sites in Singapore.

The Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore maintains a list of 100 websites that are blocked in the country.

The popularity of the tool is for obvious reasons and its creator attributes it to word of mouth publicity.

He can barely cope with the traffic as he is paying for the server, the unidentified student told The Straits Times.

According to lawyers quoted in a report, though the tool itself is not illegal, its creator could get in legal trouble.

The newspaper said that MDA is looking into the matter.