Chinese Authorities Go After Citizens For Using VPNs, Skirting Online Censorship

Posted on January 11, 2019 10:17 am

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By Oiwan Lam

Two Chinese internet users are currently facing punishment for doing what an estimated 1-3% of people living in mainland China do every day: access the global internet.

Among other methods, many internet users in China depend on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to skirt or circumvent China’s “Great Firewall”, the robust filtering system that blocks sensitive information and overseas websites from China’s domestic network.

While VPN use is permitted in certain contexts — mainly for government agencies and large private companies — China’s vigorous internet control regime has in recent years put significant resources towards preventing internet users