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Submission + - Using Tor to help defeat oppressive regimes (

lga writes: A common feature of oppressive regimes is control of information. In Egypt recently the government not only blocked television signals from the likes of Al Jazeera, but they actually resorted to almost completely shutting down the internet across the whole country in an effort to prevent protesters from organising. In China, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and many other places, the governments block access to sites that they consider a threat to either the government or to the moral values of the people. This usually includes social networks like Facebook and Twitter and news organisations like the BBC and Al Jazeera.

While a partial connection to the outside world is available, there is a way to get full access – with the Tor project which you can find at Tor makes use of a network of volunteers across the world to smuggle information across the borders. Read more about why you should run a Tor relay and the pros and cons.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux