A look at the technical, political and cultural backgound of the Great Firewall of China. Practical tips for travellers to China on how to circumvent censorship and ideas on how Chinese cyber-culture may be different. The most populous country in the world, the People's Republic of China, is both an exciting and emerging cyber-society as well as a nation with harsh restrictions imposed by the government. Crackdowns against dissidents are prevalent and censorship of online content is ubiquitous. In this presentation, we shall try to give a general survey on Internet censorship in the "Middle Kingdom". Using data gathered by independant NGOs such as Amnesty International, we'll look at the human rights situation with a focus on Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and Internet Freedom. On a more technical side, we'll see how the "Great Firewall of China" is implemented. Finally, we'll discuss means of circumventing Internet censorship using methods found in the literature (proxies, onion routing) and through our own research.
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