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Greatfire - Expanding Collateral Freedom

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Monitoring and challenging internet censorship in China

GreatFire.org is implementing the concept of “collateral freedom” on the Internet and making their technology only available to any content provider who needs to unblock their content in any country that practices online censorship. GreatFire continues to test and experiment in China as censorship is pervasive and the censorship apparatus is well developed. They have launched an iOS app that the censors have been unable to block and launched mirror websites of FreeWeibo, China Digital Times, and Reuters which censors struggle to block.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2014 $114,000 12 months

Total Funding: $114,000

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Policies, laws, or directives that increase surveillance, censorship, and punishment
  • Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
  • Prohibitive cost to access the Internet

Objective(s)

  • Deploying technology
  • Software or hardware development
  • Testing
  • Technology development

Beneficiaries

  • General public
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Technologists
  • Entrepreneurs

Region(s) archive

  • Global

Technology attributes

  • Platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Server daemon
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

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