China tightens grip on the Internet, but it didn’t block all the tools to get around censorship: Mashable

Sun, 2015-02-01 00:00

From the article: “In the last 10 days, China has been tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what’s popularly known as the ‘Great Firewall of China.’

Some popular Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were the latest victims of the sophisticated Chinese Internet censorship system, with several individuals and small businesses reportedly unable to use them in the last few days to connect to censored websites, or to use other blocked services like Gmail, Flickr or Twitter.

But not all hope is lost for Chinese users trying to get around the Great Firewall.

‘It’s wrong to report that all the VPNs have been shut down, and that all the circumvention tools have been shut down,’ Charlie Smith, one of the founders of the Internet censorship watchdog GreatFire, told Mashable.

In fact, the block has affected only popular, commercial VPNs such as Astrill, StrongVPN and Golden Frog.

Other alternative, less widespread tools, such as Psiphon, LanternTor, and other VPN services, in fact, remain active.”

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