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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Bypassing China's net firewall

BBC NEWS | Technology | Bypassing China's net firewall:

"Numerous efforts are under way in the West to help Chinese web users get around China's censorship of the internet,"

This article explores the methods that are and can be taken to get around the Chinese Government's blocking of "forbidden" foreign websites.

The Chinese "block" access to websites that they feel express opinions negative to China and China's policies.

I am among illustrious company having my websites banned in China, the BBC and the Catholic Church are among other sites that can not be viewed.

30,000 government employees are involved in constantly scouring the internet for websites and email communications that may "offend".

My uygurWORLD website gets "spidered" at least twice a week from constantly changing but recognisable IP addresses in Beijing.

The funny thing is that I only got into this activism thing because they banned me. My uygurWORLD site originally was apolitical and only discussed Uygur culture and history. It was put together as a mark of gratitude for some Uygur friends in Xinjiang and when they were blocked from seeing it I went ballistic. Result Instant Activist Created.

So, my gratitude to my Chinese Internet censor friends for awakening me to a different world. (and I still like Chinese people so take that! LOL)