Chinese Authorities Go After Citizens For Using VPNs, Skirting Online Censorship

Chinese Authorities Go After Citizens For Using VPNs, Skirting Online Censorship By Oiwan Lam Two Chinese internet users are currently facing punishment for doing what an estimated 1-3% of people living in mainland China do every day: access the global internet. Among other methods, many internet users in China depend on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to skirt or circumvent China’s “Great Firewall”, the robust filtering system that blocks sensitive information and overseas websites from China’s domestic network. While VPN use is permitted in certain contexts — mainly for government agencies…

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Crackdown in Beijing: “Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations”

Crackdown in Beijing: “Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations” By Oiwan Lam Authorities in Beijing have launched a nationwide crackdown on mainland Chinese Twitter users. The December 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by China Change, a Chinese human rights advocacy site, details the ordeals of hundreds of Twitter users who have been detained and interrogated by national security police officers since September 2018. In most cases, police have asked — if not forced — these users to delete their posts or accounts. Although Twitter is blocked in…

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