Plugin Works Around Government Censorship of the Web

Researchers have developed a new plug-in designed to bypass government censorship of the Web. “The Chinese government’s ‘Great Firewall’ blocks many foreign websites, such as news sources and social networks. The best-established tools to evade that kind of censorship, such as the anonymity network Tor or encrypted VPN connections, can make browsing slow and are actively targeted by the government. Tests of the new browser plug-in, called CacheBrowser, from inside China show that it provides an effective solution that doesn’t slow browsing so much, says Amir Houmansadr, an assistant professor at UMass Amherst.”

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