Internet activists are finding ways around China’s Great Firewall: Washington Post

Wed, 2016-06-15 00:00

From the article: “Although tens of thousands of websites are blocked, the Chinese government appears to tolerate having a small number of people able to vault the Wall and access the outside world. Yet for those who design systems to help netizens do just that, a knock on the door and a visit by the authorities remains a constant threat…

Free systems such as Lantern, Psiphon, Ultrasurf, Tor and Streisand secure servers are inspired by the idea that information should be able to flow both freely and confidentially over the Web.

Lantern started out with the idea that users in countries with free Internet access could share their bandwidth with those in censored countries. It saw its service partly blocked in China in late 2013 after it started to gain popularity, but it has since been relaunched and seems to be working well again. Tor’s Nathan Freitas has been inspired by the Tibetan freedom and rights movement… is another group dedicated specifically to taking down the Firewall, and it offers a free browser on Android that allows users in China to access any website they wish to visit. It uses a technique known as “collateral freedom,” relying on cloud-hosting services used extensively by Chinese businesses.

There is no way to block the information without blocking the entire cloud service, something that would inflict considerable ‘collateral’ damage on the Chinese economy.”

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