How To Bypass Jordan’s Internet Censorship

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By Nayef Copty

With the Jordanian government blocking access to around 300 “unlicensed” websites, in a blatant yet pathetic attempt to limit our freedom of speech, we now join other backward countries including Saudi Arabia and North Korea in having a government that tries to regulate the Internet (what a beautiful list to be on, isn’t it?). This post will explain the best way that I’ve found to bypass this censorship.

To bypass the blockade, I will use Tor. Tor is a free anonymity network that a lot of people use today including Anonymous. The way Tor works is that it redirects all traffic through a voluntarily network, and passes your IP address through each of its relay nodes around the world. You can think of Tor as a huge database of proxies that you can use to hide your identity, or bypass censorship. Tor will not only open up censored websites, but will protect your identity. There are certain ways to use Tor where it can be very difficult to track down the real user.

Recently, Tor introduced its own Tor Browser. The browser is a complete bundle that contains Vidalia (Tor’s GUI). All you’ll need to do is install Tor Browser Bundle, launch it, click “Start”, wait a few minutes and you’re all set to browse any website you’d like. Please find the following links for Tor browser downloads:
All these links are extracted from Tor’s downloads page.

Mac OS X Tor Browser Bundle 32-bit (i386 CPUs)

Mac OS X Tor Browser Bundle 64-bit (x86_64 CPUs)

Linux, BSD & Unix 32-bit

Linux, BSD & Unix 64-bit (x86_64 CPUs)

Windows

If you’re unsure of your CPU architecture, use the 32-bit version. If you need help in determining your architecture, you can leave a comment here and I’ll try to assist. Typically, 64-bit CPUs are able to run 32-bit software but you will get better performance when you run 64-bit software on 64-bit architecture. Due to Tor’s nature, it is known to slow down your connection due to the many nodes your connection will get relayed through. For more information, visit https://www.torproject.org.

If you’re a C developer and would like to work on advancing Tor’s capabilities, I encourage you to join it’s development project. Tor is a free and an open source project.

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