Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Citizen Lab releases guide to bypassing Internet censors

by Jacqui Cheng from Ars Technica

Countries like China and North Korea are well-known Internet censors, but the issue is a global one that includes countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen, to name a few. In fact, according to the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, there are at least 25 countries worldwide that engage in Internet censorship practices. That's why the Canada-based Citizen Lab has published Everyone's Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide. The guide, a 31-page PDF, addresses a very general, non-technical audience. The Citizen Lab makes no secret of the fact that much of the advice contained within the guide can put both the user and the provider at risk, and that, depending on the laws within each country, many circumvention techniques can be illegal. Unfortunately, since the guide is written to such a wide, global audience, the Citizen Lab does not provide specific examples of laws or practices.

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