Wednesday, February 4, 2015

China Further Tightens Grip on the Internet

Jing Yuechen, the founder of an Internet start-up here in the Chinese
capital, has no interest in overthrowing the Communist Party. But these days
she finds herself cursing the nation's smothering cyberpolice as she tries -
and fails - to browse photo-sharing websites like Flickr and struggles to
stay in touch with the Facebook friends she has made during trips to France,
India and Singapore.

Gmail has become almost impossible to use here, and in recent weeks the
authorities have gummed up Astrill, the software Ms. Jing and countless
others depended on to circumvent the Internet restrictions that Western
security analysts refer to as the Great Firewall.

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