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Comment Icon0 While the Chinese regime believes that the Internet is synonymous with the globalized economy, the paradoxical relationship between transparency and control has led the PRC to invest in elaborate Internet-filtering services, and to encourage self-censorship among Internet companies and their users. However, for those who oppose the experience of a “patchwork version” of the Internet, there have been several strategies employed by technically-savvy individuals should they feel motivated enough to seek and share Internet-based content deemed subversive by the Chinese Communist Party.

Comment Icon0 There are two prime reasons for circumventing Internet censorship practices: to obtain and share information blocked by network filters; and to maintain privacy from surveillance systems. For unfettered communication within and beyond regimental networks, this requires the use of appropriate strategies and tools for the task at hand. The Western media have highlighted some of the creative ad hoc tactics, such as the use of short messaging service (SMS), censorship loopholes, overseas servers, as well as blogs (New York Times, 2005). However, just as there are relatively easy ‘workarounds’ for Internet censorship, it is also sometimes easy for Chinese authorities to curb such circumvention techniques. In essence, the Chinese authorities and those who circumvent Internet filters constantly play a “Cat & Mouse” game when it comes to controlling Internet use. While there are a multitude of diminutive methods of getting around censorship filters, there are actually more enduring circumvention techniques that will be highlighted in the later sections.

Chapter 7.3 – Technical Forms of Circumvention


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