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You'll find censorship in many countries, like China, Syria, Iran, North Korea, etc..
The organisation Reporters Without Borders keeps also other countries under surveillance for internet censorship like Turkey, Egypt, Australia and France.
So you'll find internet censorship in dictatorial countries but also in European countries.
Sites that are censored the most are political blogs, Wikipedia, Wikileaks, Religious websites, Google and filesharing websites.

Internet censorship circumvention

Internet censorship can be cirvumvented in differend ways.
A simple way is to use a proxyserver. Proxy means 'intermediary', the proxy server is on a location where it's able to make a connection with the blocked, censored website and forwards the asked information to the censored persons in a way that it looks like that they only visited the proxyserver.
Because all datatraffic goes through the proxy server it is recommended that you do not fill in passwords at websites you visit using a proxy server because the data could be logged by the proxy server. Only use a proxy server for visiting blocked, censored websites.
At the right side you'll find an overview of some proxyservers.

TOR browser

When the proxyservers also get blocked and censored away one can also use a TOR browser. At the rightside you'll find the TOR browser from the TORproject and a Piratebrowser.
These browsers first have to make a connection to an encrypted TOR network, so they startup a little bit slower than a regular browser. The surfing can also be a bit slower than usual, but it wil get you to the blocked, censored websites.
A TOR browser has limitations in security, some things are better turned of (plug-ins and cookies) and you're only shielded while surfing the internet.

Virtual Private Network

The posibilities mentioned above to circumvent censorship are pretty simple. You'll surf to a proxyserver or install a TOR browser and you're ready to visit the blocked and censored website's.

Through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) you can shield your whole internet connection, not only the surfing over the web but also email, FTP and bittorrent datatransfers. Your computer makes an encrypted connection with a VPN server and from there you'll go on the internet. It's a bit more complicated to set it up but the security is better in comparison with a TOR network. In countries like Iran it's forbidden to make use of a VPN, only banks and goverment departments may use a VPN.
I use a payed VPN service myself (for about 5 euro's a month) and I hardly notice the difference with a normal, unsecured internet connection.
A VPN is not only advisable in case of censorship, you are also shielded when you are in a train with your laptop and when you use public accessible hotspots.

More information about the philosophy behind the anti censorship site you'll find at:

Censorship info:
Protection and anti censorship:
Freenet & Tor Browser
Virtual Private Network


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