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Tools, Technology and Internet Filtering

Internet filtering is good, it can be bad and sometimes it is real ugly. Read on to find out what you need to know, including how to bypass it. Internet Filtering For Dummies Internet filtering, yet another one of those techie buzzwords that sounds like a good thing, but do you really know what it

Countries Where VPN Use is Prohibited

What is a VPN? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that develops a secure online connection over both private networks as well as the entire Internet, allowing users to access websites that are normally restricted or blocked for different reasons. Multinational companies, educational institutions (for research purposes) and federal governments utilize VPN

China censors 4 U.S. series

Recently, the U.S. media denounced four U.S. popular TV series which had been censored by China on the web, even on legal streaming sites: The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, The Good Wife and The Practice were unfairly censored despite the fact that they are not as subversive or violent as Game of Thrones, the latter

China passed the end of internet anonymity

The Chinese government has confirmed the adoption of a new law that requires all Internet users in the country to use their real names when posting videos on the Internet. China seems a bit tired of tracking internet users criticizing the regime and has therefore introduced a radical step in putting an end to the

Chinese Internet went down

Last week, China suffered a major Internet outage for several hours. Experts question whether it could be due to some hacking or technical problem in the censorship system. On January 21st, more than two-third of Chinese websites were inaccessible and therefore millions of users have been deprived of internet for about 8 hours, according on

Vietnam also bans comments on the Internet

Vietnam applies a new decree which shall sanction comments on social media that criticize the government with prison sentence or the equivalent of a $ 4,740 fine – which represents a non- negligible amount in this country. Writers of such comments that what can be considered as criminal offenses shall lead to a prison sentence.

Censorship filters may have been removed for Skype in China

After the termination of Skype partnership with Tom Online, Microsoft may have removed all censorship filters for Chinese Internet users. Skype VoIP software has a special version for China, due to government censorship. Skype worked for several years via TOM Online, the Chinese provider. But in 2008, researchers had identified that written conversations via instant

Google and Amazon to avoid Chinese cybercensorship

GreatFire, a group of activists and militants, decided to fight against the Chinese censorship by drilling a hole in the “Great Firewall” , the nickname of the digital divide which are stronger than the Great Wall of China. Filtering performed by the Chinese authorities is actually basic and brutal : the domain names of sites