When Countries Such as Egypt and China Try to Keep Citizens Offline There are Ways Around Such Internet Blocking
The Internet is the ultimate free speech conduit, says creator of Internet block circumvention service, and must not be limited.
January 29 – BOULDER, CO and SEATTLE, WA – The Institute for Social Internet Public Policy (ISIPP) reminds people that even though Egypt and China and other countries may try to keep their citizens off the Internet, there are ways to get around these blocks. According to Bennett Haselton, founder of the Internet anticensorship Circumventor service offered by Peacefire, which allows people to get on the Internet and hide their physical geographic location, and which has more than 2 million subscribers, it is fairly easy to circumvent the blocks that these repressive regimes put in place.
As news from Egypt shows protests, unrest, and nearly 40 people having died, the media is reporting that the new Egyptian government placed calls to each of the main Internet providers, shutting down Internet access for its citizens one call at a time.
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“Shutting down the Internet is one of the fastest ways for a repressive regime to squelch free speech across a country,” said Haselton, “And that’s why we stay in business – helping people to circumvent such blocks, to continue to be able to get news both out of the country, and in to the country.”
Haselton is available for phone interviews, including discussion of how to get around Internet blocking, at 425-698-8162.
The Institute for Social Internet Public Policy (ISIPP) is dedicated to providing analysis, information and consulting on industry issues relating to public policies and processes regarding spam, email, email deliverability, and the Internet. ISIPP’s widely-acclaimed SuretyMail Email Accreditation service helps business email senders ensure that their email gets delivered to the inbox instead of the junk folder. Email senders around the world currently send more than 2 billion pieces of email a month backed by SuretyMail’s money-back guarantee. To join them, see http://www.isipp.com/
Peacefire was founded in 1996 as a way to assist Internet citizens to be able to have full access to the Internet in the face of blocking by repressive country regimes and other oppressing entities.
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