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Collateral Freedom – how we thwart censorship

Collateral : how we thwart censorship

In an original initiative designed to circumvent website blocking by
governments that violate , Reporters Without Borders is
using the technique known as mirroring to duplicate the censored sites
and place the copies on the servers of giants such as Amazon,
Microsoft and Google. In these 11 countries that are “Enemies of the
Internet,” blocking the servers of these Internet giants in order to
make the mirror sites inaccessible would deprive thousands of companies
of essential services. The economic and political cost would be too
high. Our nine sites are therefore protected against censorship.
Reporters Without Borders is renting bandwidth for this operation that
will gradually be used up as more and more people visit the mirror
sites. We are therefore asking Internet users to help pay for additional
bandwidth so that the mirror sites will be available for as long as

The nine mirror sites created by Reporters Without Borders, blocked in Russia, is now available at blocked in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, is
now available at
The Tibet Post International, blocked in , is now available at
Dan Lam Bao, blocked in , is now available at
Mingjing News, blocked in China, is now available at
Hablemos Press, blocked in Cuba, is now available at
Gooya News, blocked in Iran, is now available at
Gulf Centre for Human Rights, blocked in United Arab Emirates, is now
available at
Bahrain Mirror, blocked in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, is now available at
This list is also available at

To help make freely-reported news and information available in these
countries, all Internet users are invited to join in this operation by
posting this list on social networks with the #CollateralFreedom hashtag.
GreatFire – our partner organization

Operation Collateral Freedom is the brainchild of GreatFire, an NGO
operated by Chinese activists that has already created unblockable
mirror sites of Deutsche Welle, Google and China Digital Times.
GreatFire’s tools and technology are freely available online for anyone
to use to combat online censorship. We are posting an opinion piece by
GreatFire co-founder Charlie Smith, entitled “How to fight censorship
with ,” on our 12 March website (
GreatFire’s tools and experience were our source of inspiration for this
year’s World Day Against Cyber-Censorship.

Source: CollateralFreedom, foiling censorship in 11 anti-Internet
countries | Collateral Freedom –

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