Blown To Bits

Getting Around the Censors

Friday, May 1st, 2009 by Harry Lewis

John Markoff of the New York Times has an excellent article about software that is being used in oppressive regimes to enable access to web sites that are blocked or censored by government officials. Interestingly, the Falun Gong followers are the leaders; they have multiple servers supporting their workarounds. For a time they were letting Iranians use the same servers, until the Iranians overwhelmed the capacity of the servers. Rather than allowing the service degradation to make the software unusable, it’s been restricted to use by Chinese.

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