Getting Around Internet Censorship

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Internet censorship exists in many countries. Many bloggers are discussing the ways to get around the restrictions put in place by authoritarian governments like China, Egypt, Libya and others. If you try opening a banned site, you might receive a “Not Found” error, an unexplained connection failure or an announcement that the location has been forbidden by the authorities.

Prof. Hacker (Konrad Lawson), in  yesterday’s post, provides two effective methods from his own experience. “I believe it is increasingly important for us to learn some of the ways to circumvent Internet censorship in a world where having access to information is central to everything we do,” he says.

He is sure that free web proxies do not solve the problem. Third-party servers, even though they redirect your traffic to the blocked sources, can themselves be blocked. And you will waste time finding another proxy.

The way he proposes for visiting banned locations is Tor – a network designed for protecting internet privacy and security by making use of encrypted traffic tunneled through a collection of relays.

Another advice is to use VPN services to get around internet censorship. The blogger gives the advice to check with your local University and see if they provide VPN access. If you use this VPN connection, all traffic will be routed though the University's server. The University IP will unlikely be banned. The blogger insists: “Because Universities and large corporations often provide access to VPN servers for their employees and students, if a government decides to block all access to a given VPN they risk incurring the anger of those institutions who may be involved in conducting profitable business or valuable research exchanges with the country.”


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