China Blocks Virtual Private Networks
The users of the internet in China who use virtual private networks (VPNs) for circumventing the country’s Internet control system, known as the “Great Firewall,” found the services blocked or only irregularly available Friday, in what analysts see as part of a progressively dynamic online censorship operation in the country.
Users of numerous China VPN services in the country reported problems accessing the services Friday. The widespread service Golden Frog posted an update on its blog confirming it that users were undergoing problems.
China blocks a good number of popular websites that include Facebook, Twitter, and those that the authorities think to contain politically delicate material, like information concerning the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings, or ugly news stories about Chinese government figures. The websites of a number of Western news outlets that include the New York Times and BBC have been blocked at times as well.
The blocking of these sites, nevertheless, has over and over again been more figurative than effective. Numerous Chinese Internet users simply accepted the constraints as a fact of life and used widely available VPN technology like www.watchuktv.co.uk that enable users to access Chinese content using their UK VPN to circumvent them.
“We have seen increased web censorship over the past year and I think drawing a correlation to the disruption of consumer-facing VPN services is not a stretch,” Charlie Smith of Greatfire.org, which screens censorship in China, told the Financial Times.
The surge of amplified Internet censorship comprises the blocking of Google’s Gmail service in December 2014. One U.S.-based expert connected the Internet clampdown to the anti-corruption enterprise that President Xi Jinping has launched since taking power.
“We all know that China is in the middle of a very ferocious power struggle or political cleansing under the name of an anti-corruption campaign,” Xiao Qiang, an adjunct professor with University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, told The Associated Press. “That to me is a very clearly related fact with the amount of political rumours and information related to China’s high politics showing up in websites outside of China.”
www.watchuktv.co.uk are the UK’s leading UK VPN provider, we provide over 20.000 safe and secure connections everyday to UK expats and Anglophiles the world over.