Visit info.picidae.net to see the ‘art project’ by Christophe Wachter and Mathias Jud. These two guys created this server that can break through the infamous Chinese firewall, the Golden Shield. They wanted to find a way to battle internet censorship and they were able to break through.

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“One way to evade the firewall within China is to install a server or a proxy abroad. Foreign companies in particular benefit from this option. However, people who don’t have such connections abroad, most of them do not even own a computer, are hit by the restrictions even harder. Chinese censorship is disguised as a network problem, or the request is redirected directly to a dummy site. picidae allows us to compare websites from different regions. In this way the amount of censorship appears is exposed openly within China.”

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