Monday, February 18, 2008

What is Circumvention Technologies?

Circumvention Technologies

Circumvention technologies are any tools, software, or methods used to bypass Internet
filtering. These can range from complex computer programs to relatively simple
manual steps, such as accessing a banned website stored on a search engine’s cache,
instead of trying to access it directly.

Circumvention Providers

Circumvention providers install software on a computer in a non-filtered location and
make connections to this computer available to those who access the Internet from a
censored location. Circumvention providers can range from large commercial organizations
offering circumvention services for a fee to individuals providing circumvention
services for free.

Circumvention Users

Circumvention users are individuals who use circumvention technologies to bypass
Internet content filtering.

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