Bypassing Online Censorship

Bypassing Online Censorship

We’ve written before about using services like Google’s translation software to bypass web filters and access censored/restricted content online, but this really only scratches the surface of the various technologies that can be used to bypass online censorship systems. Reporters Without Borders put together a nice article on the subject, which discusses both the merits and disadvantages of the following circumvention mechanisms:

  • Public web-based circumvention services, such as
  • Installing your own web-based circumvention software, such as pHproxy or CGIProxy, on a safe external host
  • Running your own proxy server, Ie. Squid
  • Tunneling via a socks proxy or ssh
  • Anonymization tools like JAP (pictured above)

From the article:

This paper aims to inform users who have made the decision to use circumvention technologies of the available options and how to assess which is best suited to the specific needs of the user. This is done by determining the needs and capacity of the users involved – those using as well as those running the circumvention technology – while balancing the appropriate level of security with the technologies’ usability by the end-user. Effective, secure, and stable circumvention is achieved by matching the right technology with the right user.

Reporters Without Borders: Technical ways to get around censorship –Link.


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