With the recent SOPA, PIPA, and pending CISPA legislations, the eyes of the world turns to find out exactly what the governments are trying to protect them from…and as it turns out the governments are almost always trying to protect themselves, not their citizens. But the internet communities aren’t taking these kind of invasions laying down. Developers working on the best VPN services keep improving and adapting their protocols, encryption libraries, and client softwares.

Governments have a multitude of reasons for monitoring and restricting the information and websites their citizens can see. According to the OpenNet Initiative, there are three categories for the reasons the governments give, but in almost every country that actively censors and monitors the internet, their reasoning seems to be a mixture of each of the categories.

The three categories being: Maintain National Security, Maintain Political Stability, and Maintain Traditional Social Values. Governments also are beginning to realize that the truly passionate will use the best VPN services and proxies to bypass their filters.

In virtually every country that actively censors the internet technologies developed by so-called free countries are being used, with a huge exception to this rule being China. China is a very closed society, and identifying the exact origin of the technologies that they use is a little difficult…though their system is one of the most complex and tactful filtering system ever developed. Yet, even with their complex system, it has taken them a lot of time to filter out almost all of the proxies available today, and yet they have only managed to block a few of the best VPN services…mainly the popular and high profile providers.

I said at the beginning of this that the governments were tying to protect themselves, and this only becomes apparent if you examine the types of websites that are blocked most. With social networks and blogs being filtered the most it’s easy to determine that the governments don’t want the citizenry to be able to  assemble even on the internet. Porn follows closely behind these, understandably…no one want their children exposed to this. After porn though, political websites were next. Often in countries engaging in censorship there is political turmoil, and the leadership in power doesn’t want the population lining up behind the opposition. Wikipedia and Wikileaks are included almost every time, too much knowledge in the hands of the rabble can be a dangerous thing, too.

At least this has been the lesson learned in the Middle East. Internet blackouts and censorship comparable to the Great Firewall were tried by several dictatorial regimes, and tunneled under by the best VPN services that the uprisings could get their hands on. And, possibly because of their tenacity to censor their citizens, the VPN protocols and encryptions improved, evolved, and adapted to the embarrassment of the dictators.

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