How Mobile Internet Users in Turkey Avoid Censorship

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Mobile internet users in Turkey are routing around suspected censorship by its government by downloading software that encrypts their connections to the outside world …
More than 120,000 people inside Turkey have downloaded Hotspot Shield, a free mobile app that provides a “virtual private network” (VPN) connection that cannot be tapped and can link to the outside world, avoiding censorship. Anchorfree, which makes the software, said its product – already popular inside the country as a means of evading government internet censorship – had leapt more than three thousandfold over the weekend.The Turkish government has been repeatedly criticised by pressure groups inside the country who say it has been blocking or censoring Twitter and Facebook content for months leading up to the latest protests, in which one man has died.Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan recently called Twitter “a menace”, adding “the best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.”
Charles Arthur is the Guardian’s technology editor. Prior to that he covered science, technology and health at the Independent for nine years …


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