Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship

On: October 11, 2007
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About Erik Borra
Erik Borra is assistant professor in Journalism and New Media at the University of Amsterdam.


The Citizen Lab has just released “Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide” (pdf). This guide is intended for the non-technical user, providing tips and strategies on how to by-pass content filters worldwide. It is now in English but they are busy making translations into multiple languages.

This guide is released as part of a wider effort to identify and document Internet filtering and surveillance, and to promote and inform wider public dialogue about such practices. The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of four leading academic institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, the Advanced Network Research Group at the Cambridge Security Programme, University of Cambridge, and the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University.

If you want to stay up to date on current internet censorship research and news, have a look at the internet censorship explorer blog.

One Response to “Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship”
  • October 11, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    im not sure if this is on topic (didnt check out the links) but i have an easy way of dodging censorship for profanity (fuck, shit, cunt etc)

    especially fuck and shit are words that occasionally flower amongst my online diatribes, and to bypass censorship I use the umlaut (fück) or the inverted exclamation mark (sh¡t)

    this usually works. I have the ascii for both of these memorized – alt 129 for ü, alt 173 for ¡. Sorry laptop users!

    (P.S. i have a lot more codes memorized for less subversive reasons :p)

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