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Five ways to beat the Great Firewall of China

Despite China's best efforts, its citizens can access banned content over the Internet via Google and other means

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Despite China's best efforts, its citizens can access banned content over the Internet via Google and other means

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In the latest protest over Chinese censorship of the Internet, Google is redirecting search requests from within mainland China to its uncensored servers in Hong Kong. This directly defies rules China set up to let Google operate there, but now China itself seems to be censoring the results. Reports say requests for terms such as Falun Gong and June 4 (the date of the Tiananmen Square massacre) return browser messages that requested pages cannot be displayed. Despite the government crackdown there are ways to get around the Great Firewall, and here is a rundown of a few of them.


  • VPNs
  • Open proxies
  • Browser tools
  • Onion routing
  • Psiphon


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