China cut off internet in area of Tibetan unrest

February 4th, 2012 No comments

Internet connections and mobile phone signals were cut for 30 miles around scene of clashes in Sichuan, state media reports

Source: The Guardian

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EFF Takes On Cisco’s Role In China

August 25th, 2011 No comments

“Several years ago, writer Du Daobin posted several essays on the internet, protesting such things as unfair taxes and the corruption of the media. He was then charged with ‘inciting subversion of state power,’ arrested, and after many legal twists and turns, tortured in prison. Daobin, along with several other dissidents with similar stories, decided to sue Cisco Systems (PDF) earlier this year under the legal theory that it aided and abetted China’s violation of the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991. As the case moves forward, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security has stepped up its surveillance, harassment, and interrogation of Daobin and the others. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now joined the Laogai Research Foundation to draw attention to the case. As part of its opening move, it has asked Cisco to make public statements in support of human rights, hoping that the company’s influence with the Chinese government will provide some modicum of protection for the threatened dissidents.”

Source slashdot /.

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Bypassing the Chinese Firewall

March 11th, 2011 No comments

There are multiple ways to bypass the Chinese Firewall, using VPN, anonymous browsers or Tor. But I prefer to use the most simple way, which for me is using an ssh tunnel.

host:~user$ ssh -D 8888

(There is also a nice GUI for those who are not familiar with the command line.)

Then I configure my system preferences to use the socks proxy on, which can also be done in Firefox Network settings. (see screenshots)

As the Chinese Government also tries to block external sites, such as Youtube and Openleaks, by filtering DNS requests, it’s necessary to filter this too. One could e.g. point them to (in system preferences) and then send through another ssh tunnel:

host:~user$ sudo ssh -L 53:

(sudo because 53 is a privileged port.)

But actually it’s easier by just hacking the firefox configuration:

Luckily, with SOCKS5 Firefox can control which side of the proxy handles DNS lookups. By default, it does the lookups locally resulting in the scenario above. To change this, set network.proxy.socks_remote_dns = true in about:config. This makes the SOCKS proxy more like a regular proxy, where DNS is handled by the remote end of the tunnel.

… or one can install iodine and tunnel all DNS requests accordingly.

Have phun!

Nobel Peace Price 2010

October 8th, 2010 No comments

The 2010 Nobel Peace Price 2010 goes to human rights activist and non violence advocate Liu Xiaobo.


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Xeni Jardin’s Tibet Report

April 4th, 2008 No comments

Here is a report by Xeni Jardin about the actual incidences in Tibet:

The full Blog entry about this Boinboing TV episode can be found here

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The song of Tibet

March 27th, 2008 No comments

Enjoy this:

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UN human rights coucil Geneva (update)

March 25th, 2008 No comments

Tibetan Flag on your Cellphone

March 25th, 2008 No comments

Tibet Handy

Tibet Flag K800i

Wanna put the Tibetan Flag on your Cellphone? Here is an image in the right size for Ericsson Cellphones. (The image is licensed under the Wikipedia Gnu general public license. This means it’s Free, like “Free Tibet”).

Get the original File here (for other Cellphones).

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Chinese guards attaking swiss journalist

March 25th, 2008 No comments

During an interview a journalist from TSR (Télévision suisse romande) has been attacked by chinese guards in front of the chinese represantation headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. A similar incindent has taken place last week in front of the chinese embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
(Video in german language)

Freedom activist security measures

March 25th, 2008 No comments

The Washington Post” and “der Standard” have reported today, that chinese hackers have tried to break into tibetan activist organisations networks and computers to steal encryption keys. Encryption keys are used to sign and encrypt electronic messages like E-Mails. China operates the world’s largest and most restrictive “Firewall” to censor internet communication and obscure information. Further it is known that in China a certain hacker group called “Titan Rain”, that is most probably financed and supported by the chinese government has been attacking the Pentagon and the german “chancelor house. Many tibetan organisations and activists notice a higher amount on suspect trojans and viruses. But thanks to the operation of Free Software such as the GNU/Linux operation system and Free Sowftware applications, such as GnuPG for encryption and the Tor Project for anonymous internet, the damage has been kept low.

I urge tibetan activists, journalists and news reporters to use encryption technology to secure and assure internet communication. To bypass the chinese firewall (e.g. to access the internet from Lhasa) it is most advisable to use Tor or similar anonymiser software. (see my blog post from the 18th of march 2008).

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