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Why you should care about China's censorship push through VPN crackdown

Russia has followed China's lead by also restricting VPN services

Omair Uthmani | NYT 

Internet censors have a new target. The Chinese and Russian governments recently announced plans to block the use of “virtual private networks” (VPNs), which are a key tool for people trying to avoid internet restrictions and surveillance. This crackdown isn’t surprising, given the two countries’ histories of monitoring their citizens and blocking certain websites and online services. But it raises the question of whether other governments will follow this lead and introduce their own VPN bans, especially given how VPNs currently allow citizens to avoid the ...

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First Published: Wed, August 23 2017. 10:01 IST