Myanmar internet - something to think about if you're having a bad day
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Thu Apr 29 18:00:49 UTC 2021
On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 1:55 PM Bradley Huffaker <bhuffake at caida.org> wrote:
> Censorship does not need to be complete to be highly effective. Almost
> all regulation, drugs/speeding/etc, is designed to increase the cost to
> the point were “most” individuals are discouraged. While VPNs can be used
> to bypass China’s Great Firewall the added friction is enough to keep most
> happily engaged with easer distractions.
I'm glad someone noted this...
I'd also say that it seems to me that the restrictions are a LOT like
'seatbelt laws' in the US, where most states enforce as a secondary action:
"Oh you were speeding AND you aren't wearing a seat belt, bonus fine"
(note: I'm a seatbelt user, just using this as an example)
and that the censorship COULD be used as a further action for repressing
"Oh, you came to our attention for <free speech|having a sign|walking
around at night aimless| selling a single cigarette>, oh and you're using a
VPN to get around #dearleader'srestrictions?? max fine"
> On Apr 29, 2021, at 9:31 AM, Sabri Berisha <sabri at cluecentral.net> wrote:
> ----- On Apr 28, 2021, at 11:32 AM, Eric Kuhnke <eric.kuhnke at gmail.com>
> There's plenty of non technical teenagers in Pakistan with VPN clients on
> their phone or laptop who seem perfectly capable of using a VPN to watch
> Youtube or access Twitter and other social media, during the periods of
> time that the government orders things to be blocked.
> Even my third-grader was able to figure out that she needed a VPN when I
> blocked Roblox's IP space (188.8.131.52/17) on my home router.
> Other than, as reports said, soldiers snipping cables in datacenters,
> regimes will have a difficult time completely blocking whatever they don't
> like. Even China can't do it.
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