The computer scientists said that studies had shown that countries which are part of the routing chain can censor data or hack into it.
Dave Levin, an assistant research scientist at the university, said: “With recent events, such as censorship of internet traffic, Suspicious boomerang routing where data leaves a region only to come back again, and monitoring of users’ data, we became increasingly interested in this notion of empowering users to have more control over what happens with their data.”
The new system is called Alibi Routing and the researchers created a simulation with 20,000 participants and countries dubbed “enemies of the internet” – which include China, Syria, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.
It works by searching a peer to peer network to other users running the software that relay the internet packets to its final destination while avoiding the “enemies of the internet”.
The simulations show that the method has a success rate of 95 percent and the researchers will provide a release of Alibi Routing, probably as an internet brower plug in, for test by the end of this year.