Posted on Mon 29 September 2014

Censorship and the Great Firewall

I just arrived in China for my vacation and noticed one thing immediately: All kinds of useful sites are blocked. Google Search and Maps, Gmail and Facebook. This is a major pain in the ass for doing anything from looking up directions to uploading pictures for those back at home, not even to speak of any human rights aspects.

My initial approach was using OpenVPN on my phone, but that doesn't seem to work - Facebook is still blocked, etc. What does help is ssh -D <PORT> <HOST>, but even that seems to get slowed down after some use. It's enough to upload pictures, but still far from perfect.

Does anyone have other good workarounds?

Update: While trying to publish this post I discovered they also block Dropbox and Amazon S3. Fucking Asshats. Since you are reading this now their security is obviously crap, only wasting some of my time.

Tags: security, anonymity, web, traveling

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