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US Expresses Trade Concerns About China’s Cybersecurity Laws

In advance of the onset of China’s latest (and strictest) Internet regulations yet, the United States is expressing concern. These new restrictions, set to go into effect on March 31, 2018, put forth new guidelines on the use of VPN services and Internet…

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VyprVPN Service in China Restored After Latest Round of Blocking

The Chinese government began blocking VyprVPN connections via IP blocking on March 3, around 10pm CST. The latest round of censorship occurred in conjunction with a major meeting in China, called the “Two Sessions,” which is an annual meeting of the country’s national…


New Censorship Bill in Turkey Shows Further Contempt for Digital Rights

A proposed Internet censorship law which would bring regulatory power of online content, including YouTube, Netflix, and personal social media accounts, under the domain of Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), passed the Turkish Parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission late last month….

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China’s VPN Crackdown Targets Chinese Providers, Hurts Chinese Businesses and Users

The following is a guest blog post from Clarence Leong, a student at Columbia’s School of Journalism. Clarence recently interviewed Golden Frog president, Sunday Yokubaitis, for this article. Full bio and contact information can be found at the bottom of the post. “When I first developed…

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The Inextricable Connection Between Surveillance and Censorship

We’ve been writing about extreme censorship in China for quite some time now. But something we’ve talked less about is how censorship is coupled with another, equally concerning, rights issue – surveillance. What is Surveillance? Surveillance is defined by Merriam-Webster as “close watch…

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VPN Ban Deadline Arrives – and Passes – and VPNs are Still Accessible in China

China’s VPN ban was to take effect on February 1, 2018. Yet, after much discussion and to-do, the date has come and gone with no VPN ban in place. We are happy to report that VPNs do not appear to have been banned…

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VyprVPN Remains Accessible In Latest Round of OpenVPN Blocking in China

China started blocking the OpenVPN protocol again today, in their latest round of VPN-related blocking. VyprVPN users connecting out of China can switch to any other VyprVPN protocol to successfully connect, and we recommend switching to our proprietary Chameleon protocol which effectively defeats VPN blocking…

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As China’s VPN Ban Looms, Here’s What to Expect

By now you’ve likely heard about China’s all too scary VPN ban, slated to take effect on February 1, 2018 – or this Thursday. While we won’t know for sure what’s in store until the date hits, based upon news reports and previous…

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Is China Destroying Mobile Devices with VPNs Installed?

Twitter was buzzing last weekend with a “wild story” out of China involving censorship, VPNs and an unexplainably inoperable iPhone. A Destroyed iPhone A Twitter user by the name of Comrade Balding shared a story about a friend’s iPhone and how it mysteriously…

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China Increased Censorship Last Year, and The Impact is Clear

Continually Increasing Censorship Censorship in China unquestionably increased over the past year, as the country aggressively tightened their control over the Internet. In 2017 China introduced a great deal of new legislation and blocked additional sites and services to further restrict online access….