Everyone’s guide to bypassing censorship for citizens worldwide

Everyone’s guide to bypassing censorship for citizens worldwide

Considerations and methods for bypassing internet censorship

More than 25 countries currently engage in internet censorship practices such as blocking access to human rights organisations, news, blogs and web services that are seen to challenge the status quo or are deemed to be threatening or undesirable. Most states do not reveal what information is being blocked and it is rare to find review or grievance mechanisms for affected citizens and publishers. This is often done using commercial filtering software which can be prone to over-blocking as a result of faulty categorisation.

This manual is aimed at non-technical users and gives guidance on what internet circumvention technologies are available and deciding what is best suited to their needs.

Key advice includes: 

  • Personal security should be a crucial consideration when accessing blocked sites 
  • Private solutions stand the best chance of not being discovered and blocked 
  • An out of country contact can be used to increase stable and secure circumvention. This contact must be known and trusted. 
  • Both users and providers should fully understand and know how to operate their chosen circumvention technologies which violate state laws on internet censorship in order to minimise risk and fully ensure both security and anonymity

[Adapted from the authors]

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