How to Bypass Internet Censorship

About This Manual

This manual, 'Bypassing Internet Censorship', provides an introduction to the topic and explains some of the software and methods most often used for circumventing censorship. There is some information on avoiding surveillance and other means of detection while bypassing censorship, however this is a large topic in itself so we have only addressed it where it coincides directly with issues of circumvention.

A full discussion of techniques for maintaining anonymity and preventing detection of content or activities is beyond the scope of this book.

How and by whom this book was written

The first version of this manual featured content that had been largely written at a Book Sprint that took place in November 2008 in the beautiful hills of Upper New York State in the USA. Eight people worked together over an intensive five-day period to produce the book.

The updated version of this manual that you are currently reading was compiled in the context of a second Book Sprint held near Berlin, Germany, in early 2011. This time, 11 people worked together over an intensive five-day period.

This book is a living document of course and is available online for free, where you can also edit it and improve it.

In addition to the material written during the two Book Sprints, material has been contributed from previous publications. These include contributions from:

  • Ronald Deibert
  • Ethan Zuckerman
  • Roger Dingledine
  • Nart Villeneuve
  • Steven Murdoch
  • Ross Anderson
  • Freerk Ohling
  • Frontline Defenders
  • Hal Roberts, Ethan Zuckerman, Jillian York, Robert Faris, and John Palfrey from The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

These writers kindly agreed to let us use their material within a GPL licensed environment.

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