Scaling the Great Firewall of China

Group publishes guide to avoiding Internet censorship
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2007 3:09 PM CDT
A Chinese man uses the computer at an internet cafe in Beijing Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Reporters Without Borders, an international media rights group called on China on Wednesday to loosen controls on Internet...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Citizen’s Lab is coming to the rescue of righteous Iranian bloggers and Korean porn seekers alike, with “Everyone’s Guide to Internet Censorship,” a free PDF detailing dozens of ways laypeople can get around online censorship. More than 25 countries censor sites, says Ars Technica, from China’s draconian firewall to the Children’s Internet Protection Act filtering US library and school systems.

Written for an international audience of low-tech web surfers, the guide details programs, tips, and tricks for both “circumvention users” and prospective “circumvention providers.” The English guide is out now, and more languages are forthcoming. But be cautious, web crusader: The guide is quick to note that breaking government rules is usually illegal, and it urges risk evaluation.