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Best 5 Anti-censorship Software Tools (proxy, VPN), Free ! (Tutorial Video)

Posted by chinaview on April 1, 2010


Looking for the best anti-censorship software tools / methods to get around the repressive regimes such as Mainland China and Iran’ firewall and filtering system? And hopefully free?

Solutions: Yes, it’s possible. The following 5 free anti-censorship client software tools are the most powerful tools and and popular methods used by people esp. Chinese people in the past years, to access the information in the free world from inside the closed society, they are UltraSurf, FreeGate, GTunnel, FirePhoenix and GPass.

  • Users from over 180 countries access UltraSurf’s website at over 800 million hits a day !
  • As of May 2008, Dyanweb has had over 150 million user visits

Best 5 Anti-censorship Software Tools

1. UltraSurf (无界)

Download (下载) software from following official websites:

- English: http://www.ultrareach.com/
– Chinese (中文): http://www.wujie.net/

UltraSurf is one of the most successful anti-censorship software in the world. It’s a flagship anti-censorship product by UltraReach  Internet Corp. (www.ultrareach.com), an Internet technology company founded in 2002 by a group of Silicon Valley technologists (Chinese). It’s is a green software, no installation process is needed and no change in system setting is required.

UltraSurf enables users inside countries with heavy Internet censorship to visit any public web sites in the world safely and freely- just the same as using the regular IE browser– while it automatically searches the fastest proxy servers in the background. It has strong support for load balancing and fault tolerance, and it even employs a decoying mechanism to thwart any tracing effort of its communication with its infrastructure.

UltraSurf is a robust anti-censorship system evolved from the lasting battle between Chinese regime’s Great FireWall (GFW) and UltraReach, which has following features:

  • Protect privacy
    Protect Internet privacy with anonymous surfing and browsing — hide IP addresses and locations, clean browsing history, cookies & more …
  • High security
    Completely transparent data transfer and high level encryption of the content allow you to surf the web with high security.
  • Great freedom
    UltraSurf allows you to overcome the censorship and blockage on the Internet. You can browse any website freely, so as to obtain true information from the free world.

UltraSurf has gained large popularity among the Internet users, which has got:

  • Daily hits over 800 million
  • Daily traffic over 8,000 GB
  • Millions of users
  • Users from over 180 countries

With the support of UltraReach’s dedicated anti-censorship force, service of UltraSurf has been serving the censored people for 7 years !

Following video is a UltraSurf Tutorial produced by Freedom House:

2. FreeGate (自由门)

Download (下载) FreeGate Client software and user guide from following official websites:

- Chinese (中文): http://us.dongtaiwang.com/
- English: http://us.dongtaiwang.com/loc/download_en.php

FreeGate is an anti-censorship software for secure and fast Internet access  developed and maintained by Dynamic Internet Technology Inc. (DIT: www.dit-inc.us), a  pioneer in censorship-circumvention operation, which was founded originally in 2001 to provide email delivery services to China for U.S. government agencies and NGOs.

FreeGate works by tapping into an anti-censorship backbone, DynaWeb, DIT’s P2P-like proxy network system and a web-based anti-censorship portal. Once users point their web browser at one of the DynaWeb URLs, a web page will be presented similar to the one at us.dongtaiwang.com, with most blocked websites as links. In addition, a user can type in any URL in the box on this page and DynaWeb will fetch the pages for him/her instantly. No software is needed, nor are any settings tweaked on a user’s computer.

But since the Chinese net police watch DynaWeb’s portal websites closely and block them as soon as they identify them, DynaWeb must indeed be very dynamic. It has hundreds of mirror sites at anytime, and each with a varying IP and DNS domain name, to defeat IP blocking and DNS hijacking. On the backstage, DynaWeb also has mechanisms to proactively monitor the blocking status of each of its mirror sites, and as soon as blocking is detected, it will change the IP and DNS domain name instantly.

There are indications that FreeGate has some capabilities built-in to exploit some zero-day vulnerabilities of Chinese regime’s Great FireWall (GFW).

Following video is a FreeGate  Tutorial produced by Freedom House:

3. GTunnel (花园)

Download (下载) GTunnel Software and user guide  from following official websites:

- English: http://gardennetworks.org/
– Chinese (中文): http://gardennetworks.com/

GTunnel is a Windows application that works as a local HTTP or SOCKS proxy server, developed by non-profit organization Garden Networks (http://gardennetworks.org/), which was made  for people to access Internet content blocked by totalitarian countries such as China and to protect Internet users’ online privacy and security.

After proxy set to GTunnel in web browser (like IE)  or other Internet applications, the traffic will go through GTunnel and Garden Networks’ server farm before it reaches its original destination.

GTunnel protects Internet users’ privacy and freedom of speech in these ways:

  • User’s IP address is hidden and user’s Internet privacy protected. The destination servers see GTunnel server addresses instead.
  • Traffic content is encrypted with industry-strength algorithms between the user’s PC and GTunnel servers so the local filtering/censorship systems will not see the content in clear-text format.
  • Blockade of target servers circumvented.

4. FirePhoenix (火凤凰)

Download (下载) the current FirePhoenix Software and user guide from following official websites:

- English: http://firephoenix.edoors.com/
– Chinese (中文): http://firephoenix.edoors.com/index-cn.html

FirePhoenix (FP) is the first virtual private network (VPN) based anti-censorship tool which is dramatically different from other existing tools. It offers the most powerful protection so far to users working under censorship.

It’s regarded as an all-protocol, automatic, secure and dynamic proxy system that not only encrypts web (http) traffic, but also encrypts emails, online games, instant messages (MSN, Yahoo Messenger, AOL IM, etc.) and streaming medias (videos, etc).

After FirePhoenix installed, to a user, it is just as if his/her computers were directly connected to a wide open network overseas, and the firewall and filter system becomes nonexistent.

FirePhoenix is released in the summer of 2006 by The World’s Gate Inc. (WG), an upcoming organization focusing on building an extensive and trustworthy Internet platform, Edoors (www.edoors.com),  for users from repressive regimes to freely and securely access and publish information such as emails, blogs, forums and social networks.

5. GPass (世界通)

Download (下载) GPass for free from following official websites:

- English: http://gpass1.com/
– Chinese (中文): http://www.gpass1.com/index_cn.php

Gpass is an Internet anti-jamming product widely used in China to overcome Internet censorship, released by World’s Gate, Inc. in the summer of 2006.

Compared with traditional online privacy and anti-jamming products, GPass’s innovative design allows it to

  • support Internet access mechanisms such as Web2.0 websites,
  • online multimedia streaming (e.g. MMS protocol), file transfer (e.g. FTP), and
  • communication tools such as email and instant messengers as well as web surfing (e.g. HTTP).

GPass (and FirePhoenix) sets the trend of multi-protocol protection. Currently most anti-censorship tools only offer protection to web traffic, which means a user’s privacy and safety are only protected when he/she visits those specific websites, but other applications with non-web protocols, such as emails, instant messaging, and audio/video streaming, are still subject to censorship.


Summary 总结

To fight the Goliath of repressive Internet censorship, the above leading companies and grassroots organizations on the front line, formed an alliance, the Global Internet Freedom Consortium (GIFC). The Consortium brings together a veritable “dream team” of talent and experience combined with dedication and determination.

Dreams,  can become true, with the help of the Global Internet Freedom Consortium – GIFC.

Download (下载)

You can download the up-to-date GIFC  Anti-Censorship Tools Bundle which includes all above 5 popular client software packages from following official website:

English: http://www.internetfreedom.org/

Enjoy !

Related news:

- Why the State Department refused to spend the funds to “expand access and information in closed societies” such as Iran and China, via The Wall Street Journal, May.2, 2010
Iranian Internet lifeline– Chinese Falun Gong’s Software, The New York Time, June 17, 2009
GIF resumes anti-censorship services to Iran due to election crisis, Global Internet Freedom Consortium, June 17, 2009
Editorial: The US congress can help fend off authoritarian censorship in Burma, Iran and China, The Washington Post, July 7, 2009

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Mainland Chinese Develop New Anti-Censorship Software Tool to penetrate the Great Firewall of China

Posted by chinaview on March 14, 2010


The first anti-censorship software developed inside China, the Xi Xiang project, has recently been released online to penetrate the regime-sponsored Internet surveillance tools, the Great Firewall of China (GFW).

Striving to gain freedom of information on the Internet, a group of anonymous computer specialists started the Xi Xiang project in July 2008, according to the GFW Technical Comments blog. They spent a great deal of effort to reverse-engineer the GFW and released the products to the public, on the blog, on March 10.

The technical documents claim that the software enables users to easily bypass the GFW to directly visit blocked Web sites such as Youtube and Twitter.

The developers named the project after the famous 13th century play “Xi Xiang Ji,” known in English as “Romance of the West Chamber” in reference to the young scholar Zhang, who climbed over a wall to have secret meetings with his lover.

After studying the software, Dong Xiaoxing, a computer network expert, told Radio Free Asia that the Xi Xiang tools take advantage of the RST packets that are ignored by the GFW. Dong believes the blocking and anti-blocking war will be ongoing, and the software will be widely spread in the Chinese Internet communities.

According to those who have researched the GFW, it is a very resource-intensive system. It detects and blocks Internet access to any Web sites with unwanted contents, utilizing a combination of technologies, such as basic traffic analysis, DNS filtering and redirection, and keyword filtering. The Chinese regime invested heavily in the complex system, making it very difficult to be bypassed.

However, the GFW is not without vulnerabilities, according to the Xi Xiang developers. They provide a set of tools to perform a one-time configuration on users’ computers to avoid the GFW’s detection mechanisms so that users can connect to the target Web sites directly. The preliminary test successfully connected users to the blocked Web sites such as Youtube.

Shi Zhao, the director of the Chinese Wikipedia said: “Unlike other anti-censorship products that use proxy servers hosted overseas as intermediary connection points, the Xi Xiang tools can connect users directly to the blocked Web sites. It’s mainly useful for the keywords filtering.” Due to the technical limitations of the GFW, Shi believed it would take a while for the GFW to contain Xi Xiang.

A Chinese blogger commented: “The Xi Xiang project is the most exciting product I’ve seen in the past two years. I’ll pay close attention to it.” Another Internet user said the software marks the end of the cat-and-mouse game between anti-censorship software and GFW, and the beginning of a new era of anti-censorship software actively attacking the GFW.

Guo Weidong, a well-known blogger said: “When the Internet users find out the information they get has been filtered and distorted, they will start looking for the truth. The desire to search for the truth, free thinking, and free expression can never be blocked by the GFW.” (the Epochtimes)

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Chinese rights advocates ask US for funds to break China ‘firewall’

Posted by chinaview on February 24, 2010


AFP, Feb. 23, 2010-

WASHINGTON — A coalition of human rights campaigners on Tuesday urged the US government to fund efforts led by the Falungong spiritual movement to circumvent Internet censorship in China and other nations.

Congress approved 30 million dollars in the 2010 budget to combat cyber censorship in China, Iran and elsewhere. But lawmakers have voiced concern that the funding since 2008 has been used ineffectively.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, rights advocates — most from China — urged that money go to the Global Internet Freedom (GIF) Consortium, originally set up to evade China’s Internet “firewall.”

“By taking the right steps, the United States can make a historic contribution to its own security and to the advancement of democracy by rapidly tearing down the information firewalls of the world’s closed societies,” it said.

The letter was signed by exiled leaders of the 1989 democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square including Chai Ling, Wu’er Kaixi and Xiong Yan, along with figures behind the landmark Charter 08 petition for greater freedoms in China.

Other signatories included Rebiya Kadeer, the leader of exiles from China’s Uighur minority, along with activists campaigning for greater openness in Cuba, Myanmar, North Korea and Syria.

GIF software was designed by the Falungong, which was banned by China in 1999 and branded an “evil cult” following a silent mass gathering in Beijing by its members.

But the technology was also put to use last year by Iranians who circumvented censorship to organize protests against clerical hardliners via Twitter and other websites.

The letter said that GIF servers, which nearly crashed after the Iranian elections, could be upgraded to allow 50 million unique users a day, up from 1.5 million now.

Five senators — Democrats Robert Casey, Edward Kaufman and Arlen Specter, along with Republicans Sam Brownback and Jon Kyl — wrote a letter to Clinton last month voicing concern that the grant money was going to waste.

They faulted the State Department for restricting grants to groups working inside a country, countering that “the most successful censorship circumvention tools are operated remotely.”

Clinton, who testifies before Congress on Wednesday and Thursday, last month urged China to conduct a thorough probe into cyberattacks on Google and pressed technology firms to resist censorship.

- AFP

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Promote Internet Freedom in China By Supporting GIF

Posted by chinaview on January 21, 2010


By Caylan Ford, Via Washington Post, Wednesday, January 20, 2010-

Google announced last week that it is no longer willing to censor its Chinese searches and may soon be closing its offices in China, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be rolling out a new policy initiative concerning internet freedom on Thursday.

But if the State Department and internet giants really want to promote free access to the Internet worldwide, the most effective thing they could do is to support the Global Internet Freedom Consortium (GIF).

GIF is a small outlet run by a group of Chinese-American computer scientists. Over the last ten years, they have developed a suite of censorship-circumvention software that allows users to safely evade internet firewalls and surveillance. They have no offices or funding. Their scientists work day jobs and pay for their operations out of their own pockets. Yet in spite of their obvious limitation, they are responsible for approximately 90 percent of all anti-censorship internet traffic in China and Iran.

When protests erupted in Burma in 2007 and its military junta moved to violently suppress demonstrations, it was GIF software that activists used to relay images, video and information to the rest of the world. When riots erupted in Tibet in 2008, GIF’s traffic from the region rose by 300 percent. And when Iranians took to the streets to demonstrate against suspected election fraud in 2009, over 1 million Iranians per day were using GIF software to communicate with the outside world. Without GIF, there could have been no “Twitter revolution.

But GIF servers, which can currently support only 1.5 million unique users per day, nearly crashed in the aftermath of the Iranian election. With a small amount of funding or with private donations of server bandwidth, GIF could increase its capacity to support 50 million users. …… (more details)

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U.S. government slow-walks congressional initiatives of supporting Internet freedom in countries such as China

Posted by chinaview on November 22, 2009


The Washington Post, Saturday, November 21, 2009 -

THE MOST interesting question President Obama fielded in China came over the Internet, via the U.S. Embassy, from a Chinese citizen who asked, “Do you know of the firewall? Should we be able to use Twitter freely?” In response, Mr. Obama, speaking at a town hall in Shanghai, did not directly address China’s massive Internet censorship operation — “the firewall” — and he confessed that he does not use Twitter. But he said, “I’m a big supporter of not restricting Internet use, Internet access, other information technologies like Twitter.”

No doubt that’s correct. And, just as likely, Mr. Obama is not aware that his State Department not only is doing next to nothing to support Internet freedom in countries such as China, but that it also has been slow-walking congressional initiatives to do so.

For two years Congress has appropriated funds to support groups that are developing ways to circumvent the Chinese firewall and those erected in Iran, Burma, Cuba and other repressive countries. The most prominent of the groups, the Global Internet Freedom Consortium, says it has the capacity to host 1.5 million users daily. Its technology works: Shiyu Zhou, the deputy director of the consortium, testified to the U.S. Helsinki Commission last month that at the height of opposition protests on June 20, more than 1 million Iranians used the system. He said that with $30 million of additional funding, capacity could be increased to 50 million users a day, making it “prohibitively expensive for any repressive government to counter our efforts.”

A bipartisan coalition that includes Sens. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has been trying to channel the necessary funding. A total of $20 million has been included in the past two State Department budgets, and $30 million more is pending in the Senate’s version of the 2010 budget. But State hasn’t passed the money on to the firewall-busters. Instead it gave the lion’s share of its 2008 appropriation to a group that specializes in conducting media studies and training journalists, and it has failed to distribute the 2009 funds, even though the fiscal year ended nearly three weeks ago. The department says it is increasing the staff dedicated to working on Internet freedom issues and that it is funding some “implementing partners” that it won’t identify.

Still, no money is going to the one organization with a proven record of overcoming firewalls. The group’s advocates suspect that that’s because the Global Internet Freedom Consortium is identified with China’s banned Falun Gong movement — and State is fearful of Beijing’s reaction to any U.S. support for it. The Obama administration has already done plenty to appease the Chinese regime. The least it can do is act on the president’s own words about the value of free information — and help give Chinese their chance to Twitter.

- The Washington Post

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China’s Online Censors Work Overtime

Posted by chinaview on September 30, 2009


By Bruce Einhorn, BusinessWeek, Sep. 30, 2009-

As China gears up to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1, the country’s security watchdogs are on alert for threats to the big celebration. The government is calling for “greater efforts to maintain public order and social stability,” the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sept. 28. In Beijing alone, 800,000 people have offered themselves as “safety volunteers,” Xinhua reports.

Part of the campaign to ensure a smooth anniversary includes an intensified effort to limit access to China’s Internet, say anti-censorship activists outside the country. “They have tried everything they can” to block software that helps people evade censorship, says Bill Xia, president of U.S.-based Dynamic Internet Technology, a company that has developed Freegate, software that enables users to circumvent censors by rerouting traffic through proxy servers. While there’s always a high level of censorship in China, says Xia, the campaign ahead of National Day this year is more comprehensive than usual. “This time they have really put a lot of resources to this,” he says.

Other censorship foes report similar problems. The Onion Router, or TOR, also uses proxy servers to help users gain access to restricted sites. Some half a million people rely on it daily, according to TOR Executive Director Andrew Lewman, who says China is one of the service’s top users. TOR, originally developed for the U.S. Navy, depends on volunteers to run its network and publish addresses to 2,000 “relays” that give people access to servers. “Since Sept. 25 we have seen a number of people saying that TOR has stopped working,” says Lewman. More than half of the relays were blocked.

Some Anti-Censorship Progress

The new campaign against services such as Freegate and TOR comes after critics of online censorship in China won a rare victory. On July 1 the government had planned to force all PC vendors to install or provide filtering software called Green Dam, which was meant to limit access to online pornography. But critics said it also restricted access to politically sensitive sites. After an outcry both abroad and at home, Beijing backed down and announced companies would not have to comply with the requirement.

Since then, though, the Chinese government has taken a hard line in the far western region of Xinjiang, where fighting between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese in July led to the deaths of 197 people and injuries to 1,700 others. The local government blamed Rebiya Kadeer, an exiled leader of the World Uighur Congress, for the unrest and said she used the Internet to communicate with “secessionists” in the vast region. After the rioting, the government began blocking the Internet in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, and connections are still down, according to the official China Daily newspaper.

On Sept. 29, China Daily reported on new regulations designed to control use of the Internet throughout Xinjiang. “Online activities compromising national security, damaging national and social interests, undermining ethnic unity, instigating ethnic succession, and harming social stability will be severely punished,” the paper reported.

“The Electronic Great Wall”

The renewed efforts to limit access to the Internet inside China, as well as recent attacks against foreign journalists, prompted Reporters Without Borders, the international group that advocates for press freedom, to criticize the Chinese government. “The Electronic Great Wall has never been as consolidated as it is now, on the eve of the 1 October anniversary,” the group said in a Sept. 29 statement.

That said, Lewman says TOR is staying ahead of the authorities. Although access is difficult, TOR “is [working] and has been,” he says. The project’s volunteers regularly change the Internet protocol (IP) addresses that people can use to gain access to TOR, he says. “It’s in constant churn,” Lewman says. “You can block it at one point in time, but by noon 20% of them have already changed IP addresses.”

Unlike other regimes, he adds, there are limits to how far the Chinese government will go to control the Internet. During the upheaval following the Iranian presidential election, for instance, “Iran wasn’t afraid to block secure Web sites across the board, which breaks e-commerce, access to Gmail, everything,” says Lewman. “I don’t think China is willing to do that.”

Einhorn is Asia regional editor in BusinessWeek‘s Hong Kong bureau.

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Editorial: The US congress can help fend off authoritarian censorship in Burma, Iran and China

Posted by chinaview on July 7, 2009


Editorials, The Washington Post, July 7, 2009 -

FROM TWITTERERS in Tehran to bloggers in Burma, citizens living under authoritarian regimes depend upon free access to the Internet for information, coordination and the ability to make themselves heard. That’s why oppressive governments devote so much effort to online censorship: They, too, recognize the power of information to promote freedom. But some independent groups are pushing back against their control.

The indelible images and powerful stories that have emerged from Iran in recent weeks have been made possible by the efforts of a few volunteer experts running a makeshift system of patchwork servers. The Global Internet Freedom Consortium, a small, non-governmental organization, provides access to almost 1 million users daily and, according to recent statistics, to more than 90 percent of anti-censorship traffic from China and Iran. Its software allows users to evade online censors by connecting to a remote server that switches IP addresses nearly once a second to avoid being traced. But increased demand for the Internet amid recent turmoil has been overloading the consortium’s servers just when access is most needed. For the peaceful online revolution to continue, congressional support is necessary.

Before the Senate Appropriations Committee is a bill that could provide access to 100 million distinct users every day. Dedicating $50 million in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill to Internet freedom could allow millions who live in autocratic societies access to the Internet. Internet freedom has long been a stated congressional priority — the 2008 appropriations bill included a commitment to provide “anti-censorship tools and services for the advancement of information freedom in closed societies.” Now is the time for Congress to put its money behind its words.

For every dollar the United States spends to guarantee access, oppressive regimes must spend thousands to put up walls and barriers. Once enough there are enough holes in a firewall, it crumbles. The technology for this exists. What is needed is more capacity.

- The Washington Post

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Top 4 Reasons Why China “Green Dam” Censorship Software Targets Falun Gong

Posted by chinaview on June 18, 2009


Falun Dafa Information Center, 18 Jun 2009 -

NEW YORK – Despite a common narrative among many journalists that Falun Gong has largely been “crushed” (a narrative championed by the Chinese Communist Party), the degree to which Falun Gong is targeted by Green Dam demonstrates that the group and its adherents’ resistance remain one of the single biggest concerns of the CCP leadership.

According to an analysis of Green Dam’s key word libraries, 2,700 keywords are related to pornography sites, while 6,500 keywords are related to “politically sensitive” topics – a majority of which are Falun Gong (report). If, indeed, Falun Gong is “crushed,” why does it remain one of the largest targets of censorship by the CCP? The following are the top four reasons.

(1) Hiding crimes against Falun Gong adherents, especially in lead up to July 20th Anniversary

Over the past ten years, Falun Gong adherents have been systematically subjected to arbitrary arrest, torture and killings in forced labor camps and “re-education” centers throughout China, abuses that legal experts have qualified as crimes against humanity. These large-scale rights abuses that have been well documented by the Falun Dafa Information Center, the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the United Nations, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch. Yet, state-controlled media inside China block all objective coverage of Falun Gong, and access to objective information over the Internet is also blocked by China’s nationwide “Great Firewall.”

Always sensitive to anniversaries, it is likely the rush to have Green Dam installed by July 1st is in part an attempt to stifle Internet activity prior to July 20th – the tenth anniversary of the launch of the campaign to “stamp out Falun Gong.”

(2) Blocking Falun Gong-related publications that expose the history and inner-workings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

After several years of appealing directly to the senior CCP leadership to allow adherents to freely practice their beliefs, it became clear that the CCP would not change its policy of persecuting Falun Gong. Furthermore, its propaganda efforts against the practice achieved some success in bending public opinion against Falun Gong both inside China and abroad. Therefore, the only avenue available to Falun Gong activists to peacefully end the persecution was to lay bare the true history and nature of the CCP so people could break free from its propaganda and assess the persecution of Falun Gong in an objective manner and within an historically accurate context.

As a result, Falun Gong practitioners in China not only expose the abuses against them, but also regularly distribute writings analyzing and dissecting the CCP’s history and inner workings. Principle among these writings is the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, published by the Epoch Times, which has become one of the most widely sought-after publications inside China and has sparked a wave of symbolic denunciations of the CCP. Judging by studies of CCP censorship and blocking technologies (Open Net Initiative report / Green Dam analysis), the Nine Commentaries, are among the publications most feared by the CCP.

(3) Stifling Falun Gong practitioners’ industry-leading Internet freedom software

In recent years, a group of Falun Gong engineers formed the Global Internet Freedom Consortium (website), which developed what has become the single most successful technology in allowing users inside China, Iran and other countries to break through government-installed firewalls and freely access websites on the Internet (New York Times report). A key component of Green Dam’s capabilities is to disable vital programs of this Internet freedom technology, such as Freegate. On Tuesday, the Global Internet Freedom Consortium announced the release of “Green Tsunami,” an “antidote” to Green Dam (press release).

(4) Countering Falun Gong practitioners large-scale grassroots print shops

Falun Gong adherents constitute millions of Internet users inside China. Most of these Internet users download materials to be used by a massive network of 200,000+ underground print shops throughout China At such sites, practitioners print and distribute leaflets, newsletters and other material exposing the abuses against Falun Gong as well as disseminating publications such as the Nine Commentaries.

Chinese government websites indicate that the CCP has made it a priority to stamp out this widespread “underground media” and adherents known to be involved in such activities have been sentenced to prison terms in recent months (news / news). Green Dam as a means of monitoring usage and cutting off access to Internet sites that provide content for these print shops is a potentially vital tool for the CCP to identify, shut down, and limit the influence of such sites.

- Falun Dafa Information Center

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GIF resumes anti-censorship services to Iran due to election crisis

Posted by chinaview on June 18, 2009


Press Release, Global Internet Freedom Consortium, June 17, 2009 -

ATLANTA, June 17, 2009 – In response to increased attempts from Iranian web surfers to use its anti-censorship services, Global Internet Freedom Consortium (GIF) has resumed them to Iran. This step has been greeted by an extraordinary traffic spike.

Amidst the political tumult, web surfers in Iran have literally rushed to utilize GIF’s protocols in order to obtain secure and censorship-immune channels of communication.

“Due to the dynamic situation in Iran caused by the election and its protest aftermath, the number of daily ‘hits’ from Iran has tripled during the past week,” said Dr. Shiyu Zhou, Deputy Director of GIF.

Considering the special circumstances in Iran, GIF temporarily reopened its anti-censorship services to Iranian web surfers on June 13. More than 120 million web ‘hits’ to GIF immediately followed on the next day, up from less than 60 million before the reopening. On June 16, GIF protocols logged more than 200 million daily ‘hits,’ or 400,000 estimated unique users, from Iran.

Unfortunately, server crashes caused by overload have been reported from GIF data centers.

Iran had been GIF’s second largest user base, only trailing China, until the end of 2008. The growing, word-of-mouth popularity of GIF tools, including FreeGate and UltraSurf, raised late 2008 demand to the level of overloading the capacity of GIF’s servers.

Given the risk of worldwide GIF system crashes, major cutbacks of GIF’s “lifeline” services to Iran and elsewhere had to be put into effect in early 2009, resulting in a sharp drop in Iran-originated traffic and user outcries.

“Our technology is highly scalable, and we really want to provide our services to everyone in repressive regimes,” said Dr. Zhou. “However, with our very limited resources we cannot now afford infrastructure large enough to do that. Our current service enhancement for the Iranian users will therefore be temporary unless we can find the support to sustain the operation.”

- Global Internet Freedom Consortium

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Iranian Internet lifeline– Chinese Falun Gong’s Software

Posted by chinaview on June 17, 2009


By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, The New York Times, June 17, 2009 -

The unrest unfolding in Iran is the quintessential 21st-century conflict. On one side are government thugs firing bullets. On the other side are young protesters firing “tweets.”

The protesters’ arsenal, such as those tweets on Twitter.com, depends on the Internet or other communications channels. So the Iranian government is blocking certain Web sites and evicting foreign reporters or keeping them away from the action.

The push to remove witnesses may be the prelude to a Tehran Tiananmen. Yet a secret Internet lifeline remains, and it’s a tribute to the crazy, globalized world we live in. The lifeline was designed by Chinese computer engineers in America to evade Communist Party censorship of a repressed Chinese spiritual group, the Falun Gong.

Today, it is these Chinese supporters of Falun Gong who are the best hope for Iranians trying to reach blocked sites.

“We don’t have the heart to cut off the Iranians,” said Shiyu Zhou, a computer scientist and leader in the Chinese effort, called the Global Internet Freedom Consortium. “But if our servers overload too much, we may have to cut down the traffic.”

Mr. Zhou said that usage of the consortium’s software has tripled in the last week. It set a record on Wednesday of more than 200 million hits from Iran, representing more than 400,000 people.

If President Obama wants to support democratic movements on a shoestring, he should support an “Internet freedom initiative” pending in Congress. This would include $50 million in the appropriations bill for these censorship-evasion technologies. The 21st-century equivalent of the Berlin wall is a cyberbarrier, and we can help puncture it.

Mr. Zhou, the son of a Chinese army general, said that he and his colleagues began to develop such software after the 1999 Chinese government crackdown on Falun Gong (which the authorities denounce as a cult). One result was a free software called Freegate, small enough to carry on a flash drive. It takes a surfer to an overseas server that changes I.P. addresses every second or so, too quickly for a government to block it, and then from there to a banned site.

Freegate amounts to a dissident’s cyberkit. E-mails sent with it can be encrypted. And after a session is complete, a press of a button eliminates any sign that it was used on that computer.

The consortium also makes available variants of the software, such as Ultrasurf, and other software to evade censors is available from Tor Project and the University of Toronto.

Originally, Freegate was available only in Chinese and English, but a growing number of people have been using it in other countries, such as Myanmar. Responding to the growing use of Freegate in Iran, the consortium introduced a Farsi-language version last July — and usage there skyrocketed.

Soon almost as many Iranians were using it as Chinese, straining server capacity (many Chinese are wary of Freegate because of its links to Falun Gong, which even ordinary citizens often distrust). The engineers in the consortium, worrying that the Iran traffic would crash their servers, dropped access in Iran in January but restored it before the Iran election.

“We know the pain of people in closed societies, and we do want to accommodate them,” Mr. Zhou said……. (more from the New York Times)

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Green Tsunami Released to Burst China’s Green Dam Censorship

Posted by chinaview on June 17, 2009


Press Release, Global Internet Freedom, June 16, 2009 -

ATLANTA, June 16, 2009 – A few days after China announced the mandatory installation of censorship software on every PC sold in China, a leading anti-censorship organization has released software to defeat it.

Global Internet Freedom (GIF; http://www.internetfreedom.org), a consortium formed by several technology companies specialized in circumventing political censorship on the internet by repressive regimes, announced today its release of “Green Tsunami,” software designed for Chinese users to detect, disable or remove “Green Dam.”

Green Tsunami gives users options to temporarily disable the monitoring of “Green Dam,” or to completely purge it from their computers.

The censorship software, Green Dam, is developed with the support of the Chinese government, which then announced the mandatory installation program for the alleged purpose of blocking pornography and other “harmful” content, and protecting the youth.

GIF’s analysis of the software reveals, however, that Green Dam is designed to filter a much wider range of content than pornography, based on long blacklists including keywords such as “Anti-China Congressmen,” “Falun Gong,” and even “Argentina.”

In addition, Green Dam has built-in functions designed specifically to cripple FreeGate and UltraSurf, two of the most popular anti-censorship software tools developed and supported by GIF. Chinese users have used both to circumvent the filtering and blocking by the Chinese national gateways, the so-called “Great Firewall.” The censorship software is also engineered to be very difficult for average users to uninstall it.

GIF has developed counter-measures to evade and defeat Green Dam, and is releasing Green Tsunami with either FreeGate or UltraSurf built in, so GIF’s anti-censorship software users will largely be unaffected by China’s new move.

“One of the great privileges of my life has been to watch the GIF developers play an instrumental role in causing Chinese regime to move from efforts at national gateway monitoring and censorship to their recent, desperate resort to an overtly Big Brother system requiring the installation of bugs on every computer in China,” said Michael Horowitz, a fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D. C. and advisor to GIF.

“The disabling of the regime’s ‘Green Dam’ bug system represents an important step towards shattering the internet firewalls which 21st century dictatorships must maintain in order to stay in power. Today’s ‘Green Tsunami’ development is of as much importance to the people of Iran, Burma, Cuba, Vietnam, and Syria as it is to the people of China.” Mr. Horowitz said.

Green Tsunami-enabled FreeGate and UltraSurf are available for download, free of charge, at http://www.dongtaiwang.com and http://www.wujie.net/download.htm, respectively.

- Global Internet Freedom

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Software to Blast Through China’s ‘Green Dam’ Set to be Released

Posted by chinaview on June 14, 2009


Epoch Times Staff,  Jun 14, 2009  -

New software, expected to be released Monday, will disable or remove China’s latest computer controlling software, “Green Dam-Youth Escort,” from users’ computers.

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has ordered that all computers purchased in China after July 1 have Green Dam pre-installed.

While the regime claims Green Dam will mainly block pornography, filter illicit content and check browsing records, research done in the U.S. indicates that the software has multiple controlling and tracking devices including blocking sensitive Web sites and software used to evade China’s Great Firewall, taking screenshots every three minutes, and recording passwords.

Because of tight control of the Internet, the new software that disables Green Dam will have to be distributed person-to-person, said Bill Xia, CEO of Dynamic Internet Technology Inc., the U.S.-based anti-censorship company that developed the new software.

“First, we will reach out to all our current users of our anti-censorship tools,” Xia said. “From one million of our users, if everyday, they send it to 10 of their friends then quickly it’s going to get to everyone.”

“It’s a new area the regime extends to,” said Xia. “So now they have access to all the information on personal computers.”

Green Dam threatens to give the Chinese regime unprecedented control over the Internet. The software especially targets “Falun Gong” and the Epoch Times editorial series “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” in addition to pornography.

“Chinese people are very angry about it,” said Xia. The software will scare people into self-censorship, he said. “Without doing anything, they will have software sitting on their computer saying ‘we are watching everything.’”

Xia said U.S. companies Dell and Hewlett Packard have been asked by the regime to have Green Dam pre-installed on all computers made in the U.S. and sent to China. “I think this is a big insult to the human rights values in the free world,” he said.

“Green Dam-Youth Escort” was developed by Jinhui Computer Systems Inc. and Dazheng Language Process Inc., with the former in charge of image filtration and the later keyword filtration. In 2005, Dazheng was involved in the development of a “secret files intercept system” for the Chinese army. According to its Web site, Jinhui has worked with both the Chinese army and the public security ministry.

- Epoch Times

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China containing dissent online 20 years after Tiananmen

Posted by chinaview on May 30, 2009


Owen Fletcher , IDG News Service, Via Computer World,  29.05.2009 -

The Internet has brought new hope to reformists in China since the country crushed pro-democracy protests in the capital 20 years ago. But as dissidents have gone high-tech, the government in turn has worked to restrict free speech on the Internet, stifling threats to its rule that could grow online.

China has stepped up monitoring of dissidents and Internet censorship ahead of June 4, when hundreds were killed in 1989 after Beijing sent soldiers to its central Tiananmen Square to disperse protestors. The authoritarian government wants to ensure that date and other sensitive anniversaries this year pass without public disturbances, observers say. In recent months, China has blocked YouTube and closed two blog hosting sites, bullog.cn and fatianxia.com, known for their liberal content.

Those moves added to an existing set of measures China uses to control online activity. China blocks access to countless Web sites as part of a filtering system critics call the “Great Firewall,” including home pages of human rights advocacy groups, parts of Wikipedia and some foreign news sites. Government censors patrol online forums for pornographic or politically subversive content, which Web site managers often delete themselves to avoid punishment by authorities.

But the challenge to censor speech effectively has become greater as China’s Internet population expands. China had almost 300 million Internet users at the end of last year — a thousand-fold increase over just the past 12 years, according to China’s domain registration agency.

The government has appeared recently to be slightly more tolerant of some types of speech. The rise of blogs and online forums, impossible for Beijing to fully control, has given people a direct and far-reaching way to air grievances. The authorities have also seemed to yield on occasion to online public opinion. This month, a blogger who had been detained for writing about corrupt village elections had charges against him dropped after he continued posting about the poll online, pushing himself into the public eye.

But while disgraced local officials are often fair targets for complaints, criticism of the ruling Communist Party itself, or of systemic problems at all, remains largely off-limits both online and offline.

Besides Tiananmen, this year is the 10th anniversary of China banning Falun Gong, a spiritual movement, and the 60th anniversary of China’s founding, which Beijing will mark with a big military parade.

Dissidents, including many under house arrest and constant monitoring, have turned to tools like proxy servers and Skype to communicate with each other and the world outside China. But while Skype encrypts calls and instant messages, the only version available on the Chinese Internet comes from a joint venture between Skype and a Chinese portal. That version uses keyword filtering to block messages with sensitive content, which it then stores along with user data, researchers at the University of Toronto said in a report last year.

China this year also redoubled its efforts against at least one popular program used to circumvent its Internet filtering. Chinese users of the program, called FreeGate, began reporting problems including slower loading of foreign Web sites early this year, said Bill Xia, president of Dynamic Internet Technology, the developer of the software.

Hundreds of thousands of people use FreeGate each day, including many dissidents, said Xia. The program encrypts users’ communication and routes it through IP (Internet Protocol) addresses abroad, granting access to Web sites blocked in China.

Chinese censors have long tried to identify encrypted FreeGate traffic so they can block the foreign IP addresses channeling it, said Xia. Users are given a new IP address when that happens, but this year China’s IP blocking became faster and more aggressive, Xia said.

Beijing is nervous about citizens finding sensitive information online, especially this year, Xia said.

China may have boosted its manpower and improved integration with the country’s international IP routers to expand the blocking against FreeGate, Xia said. Xia’s team has since expanded its network of IPs to make the program’s traffic harder to identify, and its speed has since returned to normal, he said.

That followed years of technological back-and-forth with China’s censors, with developers of FreeGate always upgrading it to counter China’s most recent blocking tactics, Xia said.

Mobile phones have helped information in China flow more freely as well. Videos captured on cell phones of riots last year in Tibet reached a global audience when they were posted online. Tibet is controlled by China, but many residents still revere the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism who has lived in exile from the region for decades.

Mass text messaging on mobile phones drew thousands of Chinese in Xiamen, a coastal city, to demonstrate against the construction of a chemical plant two years ago.

But China also runs a filtering system for text messages that contain political keywords, and authorities often harass or detain individuals who lead demonstrations. Phones used by known dissidents are usually tapped.

Rights groups have long used their Web sites and mailing lists to prolong the memory of the Tiananmen crackdown. But with the anniversary approaching next week, efforts at commemoration in China appear largely absent, both on the Internet and on the ground.

- The Computer World

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Anti-Censor Software developed by Chinese Expert helps millions of Iranians

Posted by chinaview on May 2, 2009


By JOHN MARKOFF, New York Times, USA, April 30, 2009 -

The Iranian government, more than almost any other, censors what citizens can read online, using elaborate technology to block millions of Web sites offering news, commentary, videos, music and, until recently, Facebook and YouTube. Search for “women” in Persian and you’re told, “Dear Subscriber, access to this site is not possible.”

Last July, on popular sites that offer free downloads of various software, an escape hatch appeared. The computer program allowed Iranian Internet users to evade government censorship.

College students discovered the key first, then spread it through e-mail messages and file-sharing. By late autumn more than 400,000 Iranians were surfing the uncensored Web.

The software was created not by Iranians, but by Chinese computer experts volunteering for the Falun Gong, a spiritual movement that has beem suppressed by the Chinese government since 1999. They maintain a series of computers in data centers around the world to route Web users’ requests around censors’ firewalls.

The Internet is no longer just an essential channel for commerce, entertainment and information. It has also become a stage for state control — and rebellion against it. Computers are becoming more crucial in global conflicts, not only in spying and military action, but also in determining what information reaches people around the globe.

More than 20 countries now use increasingly sophisticated blocking and filtering systems for Internet content, according to Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based group that encourages freedom of the press.

Although the most aggressive filtering systems have been erected by authoritarian governments like those in Iran, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Syria, some Western democracies are also beginning to filter some content, including child pornography and other sexually oriented material.

In response, a disparate alliance of political and religious activists, civil libertarians, Internet entrepreneurs, diplomats and even military officers and intelligence agents are now challenging growing Internet censorship.

The creators of the software seized upon by Iranians are members of the Global Internet Freedom Consortium, based largely in the United States and closely affiliated with Falun Gong. The consortium is one of many small groups developing systems to make it possible for anyone to reach the open Internet. It is the modern equivalent of efforts by organizations like the Voice of America to reach the citizens of closed countries. (more details from New York Times)

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(part 2) Member of European Parliament Discusses Sensitive Issues With China Rights Lawyer in Shanghai

Posted by chinaview on December 1, 2008


By Li Zhen, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 28, 2008 -(cont’d)

Mrs. Helga Truepel has her photograph taken with Shanghai petitioners at lawyer Zheng Enchong’s home. (The Epoch Times)

Mrs. Helga Truepel has her photograph taken with Shanghai petitioners at lawyer Zheng Enchong’s home. (The Epoch Times)

Member of the European Parliament Helga Truepel met with renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Zheng Enchong at his place of residence in Shanghai on November 25.

The CCP Should be Held Responsible for the Tibet Issue

When Truepel told Zheng that the European Parliament was in support of the Dalai Lama, Zheng gave his committed stance on the issue.

“I am a lawyer, said Zheng. “I know that in 1954 the CCP and the Dalai Lama reached seventeen agreements. Who tore up the agreements first? It was Mao Zedong, former CCP leader. According to the agreements, the social system in Tibet was to remain the same. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) marched into Tibet only for defense. But after 1959, the CCP forced Tibet to change its social structures, which caused the Dalai to flee from his hometown. It is the CCP that broke the agreements.”

Truepel remarked that she was surprised at Zheng’s open attitude on the Tibet issue. Zheng said that many people hold similar viewpoints in China, but there are no channels available for them to express their opinions.

Falun Gong Broke Through China’s ‘Berlin Wall’

When Zheng was asked how he was still able to know current news, he explained that although the CCP has completely suppressed freedom of information, Falun Gong practitioners had developed software to break through the blockade, enabling Chinese people to look at overseas news.

“The Berlin Wall in China collapsed. Falun Gong did it.  They have provided us this special software, gifts from the Gods,” said Zheng.

Confirming the Quitting the CCP Movement

Zheng told Truepel about his story. Although he used to follow the CCP, he recently made a declaration of withdrawal from the Communist Young Pioneers and the Communist Youth League.

During the meeting Zheng opened his window and showed Truepel a wilderness of slum areas. “Five million migrant workers in Shanghai cannot afford to live in a ground level house, so they have to stay in these rickety chambers. It is the situation of China`s human rights. I hope you also visit Anhui, Sichuan and Henan Provinces for more information about human rights for China’s peasants.”

The 58-year old Zheng has advised more than 500 families displaced by Shanghai`s urban redevelopment project on their rights to fair compensation. In 2003, he was able to successfully initiate a public trial against Shanghai real-estate tycoon Zhou Zhengyi.

That same year, Zheng was sentenced to three years in prison under a trumped up charge of “betraying state secrets.” Since his release in 2006, he has been kept under house arrest and intense surveillance by the police.

Part 1 Part2

- The Epochtimes: Member of European Parliament Meets Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Zheng Enchong

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$15 Million U.S. Funding to Breach China Censorship on Internet

Posted by chinaview on January 9, 2008


By WILLIAM MATTHEWS, Defense News, U.S, 01/07/2008 -

The U.S. Congress is funding a modest assault on the great firewall of China.

The newly approved budget for the U.S. State Department includes $15 million for developing “anti-censorship tools and services” which could help Internet users breach electronic firewalls set up by China, Iran and other “closed societies.”

The money is part of the 2008 budget for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. It is to be awarded competitively to software developers to produce “internet technology programs and protocols” that enable “widespread and secure internet use” in countries where the Internet is now heavily censored.

The funding bill says the anti-censorship effort is intended “for the advancement of information freedom in closed societies, including the Middle East and Asia.”

In a report that accompanies the bill, the House Appropriations Committee singles out China as a particular target. It cites recent efforts by Chinese President Hu Jintao “to ‘purify’ the Internet via further monitoring and censorship,” and through punishing Internet users who engage in uncensored communications.

The report also decries recent Internet crackdowns by the Cuban and Russian governments.

The $15 million for anti-censorship technology is a small part of a $164 million “Democracy Fund” that the State Department receives to promote democracy around the globe, but is a 30-fold increase over the half-million dollars provided for that purpose in 2007.

A spokeswoman said the State Department “is engaged globally promoting freedom of expression and the free flow of information on the Internet.”

Lawmakers said programs they are funding”should be able to support large numbers of users simultaneously in a hostile Internet environment.”

The Internet in China fits the “hostile” description.

The free-press organization Reporters Without Borders labels China “the world’s most advanced country in Internet filtering.”

Chinese authorities monitor Web sites, chat forums, blogs and video exchange sites, and have imprisoned more than 50 Internet users for postings deemed to be anti-government, subversive and otherwise objectionable, Reporters Without Borders reports.

The Chinese government has required companies like Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft to censor their search engines as a condition for operating in China. As a result, Internet searches for terms such as “human rights” and “Taiwan independence” have been blocked.

According to some reports, a Chinese Internet search on Google for “Tiananmen Square” produces images of buildings and smiling tourists, while the same search in the United States generates pictures of the Chinese tanks used to crush pro-democracy protestors in 1989……. ( more details from Defense News)

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DIT Alleges Skype Redirects Users in China to Censorware Version

Posted by chinaview on September 25, 2007


BUSINESS WIRE, September 24, 2007-

CARY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– DIT (Dynamic Internet Technology Inc)  alleges discovery of Skype’s cooperation with internet censorship in China, which DIT believes is an effort to stop the spread of DIT’s popular anti-censorship tool.

Skype (http://www.skype.com), an instant messaging, voice chat and file downloading tool, is very popular in China. On September 13, 2007, DIT established its presence on Skype, so users in China can talk to DIT over Skype to get DynaWeb url and download its popular censorship-busting software, Freegate.

DIT alleges that, on the morning of September 23, the company started to receive reports from concerned users in China that now when they try to download the Skype software, Skype’s website redirects them to Skype’s Chinese partner’s site, http://skype.tom.com, which doles out a modified Chinese version, instead of Skype’s official version as before.

DIT feels that such a version of Skype from a Chinese website is questionable, as some hidden capabilities can be built-in to censor Skype’s usage. In January, 2006, Business Week reported that “TOM and Skype now filter phrases such as “Falun Gong” and “Dalai Lama.” According to DIT, internet freedom activists in China have been warning people about the possibility that Tom.com’s versions have or will have more trojan capability to monitor and report users’ activities to Chinese government.

DIT has confirmed this redirection. DIT believes this move by Skype is the result of Chinese government’s pressure, targeting to curb Freegate’s wildfire-speed adoption in China.

Freegate is part of DynaWeb technologies. DynaWeb enable users to evade Internet censorship and to visit websites that are otherwise blocked. DynaWeb was first launched in March, 2002. It is developed and maintained by volunteers and personal contributions, and has enjoyed great popularity among users in China and Iran, despite Internet restrictions by the governments in these countries.

- Original report from BUSINESS WIRE

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What the Chinese Internet Users Think About Censorship

Posted by chinaview on August 14, 2007


Two organizations based in the United States released the results of an online survey they did jointly of Internet users inside China.

Edoors.com, a Chinese language portal site, and Qingxin, a Chinese language online message board, jointly conducted the survey from June 27 to July 28, 2007, on Internet censorship and circumvention among Internet users inside China. 94% of those surveyed know that the authorities routinely censor information generally available to the people in China. 94% believe that China is implementing Internet filtering and censorship out of fear of losing control once its citizens have access to the truth. [1]

A total of 1,702 Internet users completed the 42-question survey.

94% of those surveyed are inside China.
55% are between 30 and 49 years of age, while 33% are between 19 and 29.
77.9% go online from home.
Most go online for the news (78%) and to conduct searches (75.4).
66.16% spend most of the time online on overseas websites.
61.39% are interested in news both in and outside of China.

Most believe that overseas news about China is more accurate and would like to see more. Over 87.9% responded that overseas news is more objective, with different viewpoints, the reports are more profound and can touch the core of issues. Only 1.76% believe that news in China is accurate

What attracts these Internet users to the overseas websites is that they can get information that is either omitted or distorted in China. They want to learn about high profile incidents that occur in China but are not reported in China, such as the June 4 Tiananmen massacre.

Those surveyed indicate that they trust information from Epoch Times (71.21%), Voice of American (44/64%), Edoors.com (33.49%) and Radio Free Asia (33.25%). Only 6.8% trust People’s Daily.

94% of those surveyed know that information generally available to people in China is censored.

94% believe that China is implementing Internet filtering and censorship out of fear of losing control, once its citizens have access to truth.

79.2% say that they strongly disagree with China’s Internet censorship and hope to break through it via some simple technical solution of their own. 74%% cited China’s use of Internet police as a general practice in conducting Internet censorship.

While those surveyed are tech savvy and use anti-blockage software to access overseas websites, 72% remain concerned about their own safety.

96.3% have heard of anti-web-blocking software specifically used to break the Internet blockade. 59.81% said, “Great stuff. I will definitely give it to others as gifts.”

64.98% believe that Falun Gong practitioners invented the anti-web blocking software that is popular among Chinese Internet users.

69.8% use anti-web-blocking software almost every day.

Both Edoors.com and Qingxin are dedicated to freedom of information for Internet users in China. Edoors.com provides Internet censorship circumvention solutions while Qingxin maintains a secure community based user forum.

Notes:

[1] Qingxin, August, 12, 2007
Introduction http://qxbbs.org/article/html/2007/0812/433.shtml
English http://qxbbs.org/ad_soft/2007survey_EN.pdf
Chinese http://qxbbs.org/ad_soft/2007survey_CN.pdf

- Original report from

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First Overseas Chinese Live Internet Video Cast Attracts People From China

Posted by chinaview on July 5, 2007


By Chen Zhongyu, Epoch Times Staff, Jul 03, 2007-

On June 30, The Epoch Times, NTDTV and Youmaker jointly launched the first live international Chinese TV network broadcast. Many Chinese people in mainland China and around the world watched the broadcast program after successfully breaking through the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s Internet blockade.

The live broadcast took place between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. outside the Chinese Embassy, Washington D.C., where local people from all walks of life staged a protest in front of the embassy. The purpose of the demonstration was to call international attention to recent incidents in which large groups of Taiwanese citizens were being repatriated back to Taiwan from Hong Kong.

People from all walks of life attended the demonstration. Human rights activists, those who believe in freedom for Hong Kong, Falun Gong practitioners and supporters were all in attendance.

The live TV broadcast showed several people making speeches in which they condemned the CCP for abusing democracy, freedom and human rights in Hong Kong since taking over the former British colony in 1997. Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan’s group were singled our for their especially cruel persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, which has also extended outside of Chinese territories such as Hong Kong under “One Country, Two Systems.”

According to demonstration organizers, the Hong Kong Immigration Department had identified and illegally repatriated large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners. As of June 29, nearly 500 people had been repatriated. The continuing repatriation is the largest in the history of Hong Kong. It has shocked the world and become an international diplomatic incident. The purpose of the demonstration was to call international attention to the event.

During the demonstration, the live video and sound from Youmaker were clear and continuous.

The live TV transmissions were announced over Youmaker, enabling large numbers of Internet users to also watch the demonstration in real time

Youmaker spokesperson Galen Wu said that the live broadcast was the first time that overseas Chinese TV network news had broken the CCP’s blockade of news transmissions from outside mainland China.

- original report from the Epochtimes : First Live Overseas Chinese Internet Newscast Focuses on Hong Kong Rights Abuses

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Statistics and Q/A: 20 Million Chinese Quit the Chinese Communist Party

Posted by chinaview on April 3, 2007


By the date of Mar. 26, 2007, it’s shown on the Quit CCP Announcement Website ( in Chinese ) that more than 20 million Chinese people announced quit the Chinese Communist Party or its Affiliated Organizations (CCP/AO) because of CCP’s brutal persecution of Chinese people and people feel shame or guilty be a member of CCP.

The withdrawals ( called Tui Dang in China) are continuing at a rate of about 30,000+ per day.

1. Some statistics:

Started from Dec. 03, 2004 (Asia-pacific Time ) to Mar. 31, 2007:

Grand total number of people quit CCP/AO:20,155,948
This month’s number of people quit CCP/AO:1,130,928
This week’s number of people quit CCP/AO:182,505
Yesterday’s number of people quit CCP/AO:31,427
Today (2007-03-31)

Every day’s number of people quit CCP/AO in February 2007 Eachday Statistics Chart of Feb, 2007

2. Question: How can the Chinese in mainland China publish announcement on a blocked overseas website ?

Answer: To publish their formal announcement on the Quit CCP Announcement Website, which is been blocked by China Great Firewall all the time, people have to, by my understanding:

- either, have the skill to break the block by using secure anonymous proxy or technologies, like software tools provided by Ultrareach , Gpass or Dynamic Internet Technology (DIT) Inc. , which are all free for use to Chinese.

- or, get the help from the volunteer working staffs from the Global Service Center for Quit CCP ( in Chinese). There are over 60 local service centers or service booths in major cities worldwide which are all supported by volunteers, accepting phone calls, faxes, emails or messaging from Chinese people and help them to publish their announcements on the website.

And also, the Global Service Center distribute the free break-block software to people.

People can Choose publish their announcement by either real name or alias.

3. Question: Why some people choose to use alias but not their real name?

Answer: (by my undrstanding) To CCP, less member means less and lost control, so those who declare to quit the CCP is similar to declare to against the government. So publish announcement by alias is a way to protect self from been persecuted by CCP.

CCP’s repression or even killing of the people who quit the CCP never stopped. Well-known Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng was sentenced to 4 years because of his support to the Quit CCP movement. Writer and website director Li Hong ( Zhang jianhong) was sentenced in this month to 6 years in prison because of his support of this movement.

There is a name list of 91 ordinary Chinese people who’s been Abducted,Detained or Persecuted because of quit the CCP, available on the website of Global Service Center for Quit CCP, in English.

4. Question: Which part of the country did these Chinese people come from ?

Answer: One of the Internet block-breaking technology company, Dynamic Internet Technology (DIT), provided their statistics of IP source that Chinese people used to announce their statement on the Quit CCP website. Here it’s:

50727 total requests accepted by DIT in Feb, 2007

Province Requests Percentage

Shandong 3663, 7.2%
Heilongjiang 3540, 7.0%
Beijing 2723, 5.4%
Liaoning 2719 5.4%
Hebei 2429 4.8%
Jilin 1506 3.0%
Guangdong 1107 2.2%
Sichuan 869 1.7%
Tianjin 860 1.7%
Hubei 794 1.6%
Jiangsu 775 1.5%
Henan 728 1.4%
Hunan 641 1.3%
Shanghai 521 1.0%
Shanxi 455 0.9%
Anhui 440 0.9%
Guangxi 350 0.7%
Chongqing 306 0.6%
Zhejiang 254 0.5%
Guizhou 247 0.5%
Yunnan 242 0.5%
Jiangxi 223 0.4%
Gansu 218 0.4%
Fujiang 178 0.4%
Ningxia 169 0.3%
Neimenggu 148 0.3%
Xijiang 62 0.1%
Shannxi 37 0.1%
Qinghai 36 0.1%
Hainan 32 0.1%

5. How and when did this resignations start?

This massive wave of resignations was triggered in late 2004 after the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times published their editorial article “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” which revealed for the first time a historical account of the CCP’s formation, its advocacy of violence and deception, its destruction of traditional beliefs, and the disaster it has brought upon the Chinese nation.

The publication is now #1 on the CCP’s Internet blockade list.

A video about the Nine Commentaries

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Psiphon: Web Tool Can Break China Internet Censor, Released

Posted by chinaview on December 2, 2006


Good news to China web surfers,  a new software tool,  called Psiphon, that can helpe people to break the Chinese regime’s Internet censor, released yesterday.

According to Citizen Lab website, Psiphon is a human rights software project developed by the Citizen Lab, that allows citizens in uncensored countries to provide unfettered access to the Net through their home computers to friends and family members who live behind firewalls of states that censor. Now the software is available for download from it’s website: psiphon.civisec.org

Citing countries such as China and Iran among some 40 countries that censor the internet, Michael Hull, psiphon’s lead engineer, told CBC News Online, “We’re aiming at giving people access to sites like Wikipedia,  a free, user-maintained online encyclopedia, and other information and news sources”.

Psiphon works by letting people in uncensored countries download the free software to run a secure, encrypted server or node in the private network. The server administrator would pass the connection information to friends and family in censored countries – psiphonites – who could then log in through a web browser and navigate sites without restrictions.

More information about  Psiphon:

- Official website:  psiphon.civisec.org
CBC Online Report
New York Times report 

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4,100 among 17,000 people voted China as Internet enemy

Posted by chinaview on November 11, 2006


Reporters Without Borders, Nov. 11, 2006-

Internet users flocked to the Reporters Without Borders website to take part in a 24-hour protest against online censorship that has just ended, while symbolic demonstrations were held yesterday on the streets of Paris and New York. After receiving more than 100,000 visits in 24 hours, the protest webpage – http://www.rsf.org/24h – will remain open for a few more days so that Internet users can continue posting messages there.

“We wanted to demonstrate that bloggers and Internet users the world over feel concerned about the problem of online censorship,” the press freedom organisation said. “The scale of the participation shows that people are not indifferent about the fate of Chinese, Egyptian or Cuban dissidents.”

Reporters Without Borders added: “We have also once again seen that the way Yahoo! compromises its principles in China provokes a reaction of deeply-felt disapproval. It is high time this corporation took concrete steps to respect press freedom.”

Massive online participation
-  By 11 a.m. today, more than 17,000 people had voted on the Internet enemies map. Breakdown of the votes: Belarus (2,500), Burma (4,500), China (4,100), Cuba (1,000), Egypt (650), Iran (1,500), North Korea (200), Saudi Arabia (650), Syria (200), Tunisia (1300), Turkmenistan (250), Uzbekistan (150), Vietnam (250).
-  3,300 Internet users posted a message of support
-  340 messages audio messages were recorded online pour Jerry Yang, Yahoo!’s founder. These recordings will be handed in next week to Yahoo! France executives.
-  55 blogs were created on the Reporters Without Borders blog platform: http://www.rsfblog.org.

Reporters Without Borders urges Internet users to continue recording messages for Yahoo!’s founder on the http://www.rsf.org/24h webpage, which will remain open for a few more days. The most original messages will be posted prominently on our website. (more from Reporters Without Borders’ report )

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DIT: Report on People Renouncing the CCP via Internet (3)

Posted by chinaview on September 17, 2006


Dynamic Internet Technology (DIT), June 2005- (cont’d)

Executive Summary

Demographics of Renunciations

People from 29 provinces or directly governed cities submitted renunciation statements online via DynaWeb. People from Beijing are especially active: while only comprising 4.3% of the total Internet users in China, renunciation requests from Beijing composed 15% of the total. Shanghai has only 1.6%. These demographic data conform to the view that Beijing residents are more politically savvy with many having experienced the June 4th massacre, while Shanghai residents are more economically oriented.

9ping-Quit ccp-Demographics-apr2005

Looking forward, the Internet distribution of the Nine Commentaries will continue with anti-censorship/circumvention tools being the dominant way to post statements of renouncing CCP membership. We predict that the ripple effect will play a more important role in sustaining the accelerated speed of announcing resignations of the CCP. The ripple effect itself can result in an exponential increase of renunciations from the CCP. As the ripple effect reaches more people, it will alleviate current obstacles such as lack of interest and fear, making the effect, in turn, even stronger.

For more information on Dynamic Internet Technology, please visit our website:

http://www.dit-inc.us/

or contact us at:
contact@dit-inc.us or 888-384-5505

1. The “Sun Zhigang Case” was a famous story on the Internet. It was about an innocent young man who died in police custody for walking on the street without an ID. This story was first reported on the most used Chinese Internet portal, Sina news, and received about 1 million page views. (END)

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Related:
How Global CCP Resignation Statistics Are Calculated, August 2nd, 2006

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