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This article was published on January 23, 2015

China is blocking popular VPN services meant to skirt the Great Firewall

China is blocking popular VPN services meant to skirt the Great Firewall
Roberto Baldwin
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Roberto Baldwin

Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

The AP is reporting that many popular VPN services used to circumvent China’s censorship of sites like Google and Facebook are being blocked by the country.

According to the report, VPN services were being used to visit blocked sites and access services like Gmail via mobile devices. By blocking those services, China has cut off access for many inside the country.

The Great Firewall is the term used to describe China’s blocking of certain sites and services it deems inappropriate for its citizens.

➤ China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship [AP]

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