Software Can Bypass China’s ‘Great Firewall,’ But Hard To Get Inside Country

From The Canadian Press:

Internet users trapped behind China’s so-called “Great Firewall” are finding ways to scale the wall, but experts say software programs that allow unfettered access to the web are often cumbersome and difficult to find from inside the country.

China’s efforts to restrict access to the Internet have faced renewed criticism during the Beijing Olympics, especially after international journalists discovered their access was still affected despite earlier promises by Olympic officials.

The government uses sophisticated technology to filter content, blocking information about topics such as the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Dalai Lama and the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement.

The Communist regime argues the restrictions are necessary to protect national security and ensure the “healthy growth” of Chinese youth, but critics condemn them as repressive, undemocratic limits on freedom.

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