VPNs a Potent Tool in Political Dissidents’ Arsenal

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Internet users in China may be subject to up to three years in prison for posting defamatory messages. In response, tigerVPN reports that VPNs offer the solution to fight against tyranny.

“Oppressive governments without robust protections for freedom of expression and freedom of the press have lately been using the internet as a tool to stifle dissent and muzzle critics.”

In a recent blog post, Virtual Private Network provider tigerVPN related news that a Chinese blogger and political dissident, Qin Zhihui, had been sentenced to three years in jail for the crime of stirring up criminal dissent. The ruling Communist Party court prosecutors claimed that the social order had been seriously harmed by Qin when he published a number of inflammatory reports that went against the party line on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging site.

The VPN provider asserts that with a VPN, political dissidents like Qin could avoid politically motivated government “witch hunts.”

“We see a lot of this abroad,” said tigerVPN founder Sebastian Scherl. “Oppressive governments without robust protections for freedom of expression and freedom of the press have lately been using the internet as a tool to stifle dissent and muzzle critics.”

Without a VPN, much of internet users’ traffic is wide open to prying eyes. It can reveal an internet user’s IP address, what sites they visit, who they contact, and most, if not all, of their activities online.

“A VPN is an end-to-end privacy tool,” said Scherl. “It wraps every packet of data in encryption using a secure algorithm so no one snooping on your traffic can see what you’re doing.”

VPNs may very well prove invaluable to political dissidents in China, where the ruling Communist Party has cracked down on hundreds of bloggers in an effort to reign in dissenting views. A recently enacted law is ostensibly aimed at maintaining public stability and social order, but rights groups have leveled charges at the Chinese regime, alleging that the governing party is simply attempting to shield itself from criticism.

VPNs provide different “nodes” or exit points for a user’s encrypted connection. TigerVPN’s blog post notes that the provider offers 52 nodes in 38 countries. This would enable a hypothetical Chinese user to gain what amounts to an unrestricted internet connection, enabling Chinese citizens to access terms that are frequently blocked in mainland China, such as “democracy,” “Tiananmen Square massacre,” and “Tibetan Independence.”

“At tigerVPN we believe in a flat, wide open internet, where countries cannot block their citizens from unpleasant truths” said Scherl. “The internet as originally designed was very democratic in nature. There were no walls between countries and content. There was only one internet. Today there are multiple internets, depending on what part of the world you live in. A VPN can help internet users experience that free, unrestricted internet for themselves.”

About tigerVPN:

Founded in 2011 by Sebastian Scherl, tigerVPN was built from the ground up to be the most complete Virtual Private Network in the world. With 51 nodes (and counting) in 38 countries, tigerVPN offers its customers security with unparalleled flexibility.

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