CitizenLab on CBC’s Search Engine

The Guardian reported that today China expelled foreign journalists from Tibet to try and stop the flow of information about the violent crackdown on Tibetan protesters. The Editor of the Guardian wrote to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK:

“I am writing to express my deep concern over the apparent blocking by Chinese authorities of international news websites, including that of the Guardian,,” he wrote. “As you will be aware, the blackout has coincided with media coverage of the recent unrest in Tibet, forcing the conclusion that this is an act of deliberate and wholly unacceptable censorship.”

Google News and YouTube are also blocked right now.

According to CBC’s Search Engine the CBC is also unavailable in China now. Ron Diebert, Professor and Director of CitizenLab at the U of T was interviewed on CBC’s Search Engine (16:19 to 22:13) about Psiphon, an open source software project that allows people in countries where the internet is not censored to act as a proxy for people in countries where the internet is censored to access uncensored content. Diebert describes how Psiphon differs from other software:

What we wanted to do is bury this technique in two ways. First we encrypted the channel, so from a perspective from anyone monitoring the traffic it looks for all intents and purposes it looks like a banking transaction. Which happens in a country like China millions of times a day. Also, we wanted to bury it in a non-technological way, through social networks of trust you need to be careful, you need to know who you are connecting to outside

Subscribe to Search Engine through Itunes here. Also, check out my previous post on CitizenLab.

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