Questions tagged [censorship]

Censorship is the suppression of information and is often done by governments.

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My ISP/Network/Government has blocked access to the TorProject website. How can I download Tor?

I'm trying to download Tor but my ISP/Network administrator/Government has blocked access to the TorProject website. How do I download Tor?
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How to run an obfs4 bridge?

I want to help censored users. How can I run an obfs4 (Pluggable Transport) bridge on a Debian-like GNU/Linux machine?
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How can I use Tor from networks whose operators attempt to block Tor use? [duplicate]

How can I use Tor from networks whose operators attempt to block Tor use? For example, I previously used Tor from my school's network to avoid restriction of my Web browsing based on keywords, but ...
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What common sites are known to be troublesome for Tor use?

Certain sites block traffic from known exit nodes, and some sites simply show a CAPTCHA due to excessive abuse, etc. Is there a list of websites known to be troublesome for visitors using Tor?
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Tor is blocked for me now (I'm in turkey) what can I do?

I tried to use the Tor Browser but it doesn't seem to work, I'm in turkey
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Tor does not connect----The probable cause: The security system CYBEROAM

My college has installed a security system called Cyberoam. Now they have blocked many things including youtube, break, etc., as a counter measure, I tried to find a way to circumvent this security ...
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Any way to use Flash with Tor (to ONLY view country-blocked video streams)?

How can I configure Tor, with the Flash player, for ONLY accessing region-banned videos?
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Why Tor is not already a decentralized network?

I'm wondering since a long time why the developers of Tor do not have already make Tor a truly P2P network where the entire Tor network would be 100% decentralized, only running be voluntary and where ...
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Why is Tor not illegal anywhere?

According to the Tor FAQ and the answer to a different question on this site, Tor is not illegal anywhere, but some countries, e.g. China, are censoring Tor. Why don't these countries ban Tor, and ...
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If I log into facebook with Tor, am I still protected?

I want to be able to log into social networking sites like FB. Do I have to make a new account or will Tor protect my identity still? I think I logged into FB and realized that I might not be ...
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Why can't I link to .onion domains from Wikipedia?

When I try to save a Wikipedia page I've edited to include a relevant and useful link to a .onion site, I get an error message "Your edit was not saved because it contains a new external link to a ...
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Website blocking Tor Traffic

I am trying to access a website with Tor and recently it began rejecting my traffic with "Gateway GEO - IP Alert This request is blocked by the SonicWall Gateway GEO IP service." I looked around ...
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Proxy Client: unable to connect to xxx.xxx.xxx (“Connection refused”)

I am behind a firewall. I am not able to restricted sites using tor. But the thing is I was able to use tor before some days. I am getting an error, [notice] Application request when we haven't used ...
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Exit Nodes in restricted countries

The British government has recently announced plans to require censoring of "terrorist" and "extremist" websites (1)(2). It seems UK residents may soon find themselves joining the ranks of those ...
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How to install a Transport Plugin on OnionPi

so I got Onion Pi from Adafruit running on my RaspberryPi2 and I can connect and everything. Problem is I'm living in China and most tor traffic is blocked by the great firewall. However, I did ...
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Is there a list of countries and organizations blocking Tor?

Is there a list of countries and organizations blocking Tor somewhere? So I am basically looking for a list where the use of Bridge Nodes is the only way to connect to the Tor network.
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How to never lose connectivity to Tor after hibernating the computer?

I am in an university that allows students to access internet only during 5pm to 2am. But the great thing is that if you use Tor and do not disconnect, you will still have internet connectivity after ...
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Tor bridges and how they avoid censorship

Censorship to the tor network is an option as the ISPs can detect an attempt of connection to one of the known tor nodes, as these are public. But if I as a user of the tor network can gain access to ...
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Can't governments who want to censor Tor just block the directory authorities?

Can't governments who want to censor Tor just block the directory authorities? Or does the client reach the directory authorities to fetch the consensus only after building a circuit so that we have {...
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Is it safe to browse Reddit's NSFW with Tor in JAPAN?

More specifically, my ISP is NTT Open Computer Network and I am currently using the internet in my dorm, which is technically off-campus. I really have NO IDEA what restrictions there are in regards ...
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Blocked Tor exit nodes

I know of several services that block traffic from Tor exit nodes including, as of a couple of months ago, the Australian Legal Information Institute. It's a sad state of affairs given that there are ...
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Tor Doesn't Work Anymore [duplicate]

My college uses the SonicWall firewall to block websites and unauthorized internet connections. I installed Tor 2 months ago and it worked fine. However, I'm trying to connect to the Tor Network (when ...
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[warn]Proxy Client:unable to connect to xxx.xxx.xxx(“TTL Expired”)

I am trying to connect to Internet via Tor. Tor used to work before(even the bridges). But now when I try to connect via bridge,getting this error, Jul 25 18:30:35.000 [warn] Proxy Client: unable to ...
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Unable to connect to Tor network using TLS [duplicate]

I'm behind a corporate proxy, Tor always worked fine (using bridges) until few days ago, it seems that now the proxy only accepts TLS connections (no SSLv2/v3); Is there a way to solve this issue? I ...
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Facebook mobile phone activation

Why does the hidden service of facebook (http://facebookcorewwwi.onion) ask for a mobile phone verification? Isn't the goal of TOR to be able to visit pages which are censored in some countries (e.g. ...
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Can I change settings in order to restrict Tor from accesing already used IP's of proxyes? [closed]

It is possible to change settings so Tor will not be able to connect on the IP's and Proxyes I was already connected?
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My ISP doesn't even allow OBFS3

My ISP locks me out of the Internet if it detects Tor, and the normal browser redirects to the "TOR DETECTED" page. I then got the pluggable transport and added some bridges that I got from BridgeDB. ...
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Converting an existing Tor relay into a bridge, does it make sense?

I have been running a relay for a couple of years. Now I see that with my connection bandwidth of 1 Mbit it makes more sense to run a bridge. I could just convert my relay into a bridge. However, I ...
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Can Tor be used to log in skype when it is blocked at work place?

Can Tor be used to log in skype when it is blocked at my work place? At the work place when skype is blocked, how can I use skype? will Tor help me?
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Complete Network Noob: please help me set-up Tor

Hi all I'm trying to set up Tor on my school laptop to get around the schools censorship but I'm a wee bit stuck. I've put in the proxy that's required for access to the schools network, checked for ...
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Loading tor browser gets stuck at establishing encrypted directory connection [duplicate]

19-Feb-17 22:09:06 PM.800 [NOTICE] DisableNetwork is set. Tor will not make or accept non-control network connections. Shutting down all existing connections. 19-Feb-17 22:09:06 PM.800 [NOTICE] ...
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How can I force terminal to use Tor on Ubuntu

I wanted to install a program on terminal but it's blocked. How do I torfiy my terminal to fetch the package over Tor?
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How often do Tor exit nodes change Ip addresses?

A majority of Tor traffic is routed through around ~80 exit nodes I was wondering how often do these exit nodes change their ip addresses? There is a list of exit nodes here https://torstatus....
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Is there a way through DPI firewall?

Within a corporate network I'm sitting behind a DPI (deep packet inspection) firewall. Is there any way to break out? I don't know the manufacturer of the firewall - all I know is, that it work with ...
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An alternative to Tor [closed]

In our college, Tor is not functioning. I've tried many other proxy sites like (say, hide my ass). These sites have also been blocked. Can any one suggest an alternative?
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Tor and Orbot not working in Ethiopia

The only ISP in Ethiopia (government owned) has been trying so hard to silence and disconnect bloggers, journalists and activists from the world ever since the current dictatorship came to power. ...
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How can I check for a website's behavior towards Tor, compared to its normal behavior?

Some websites completely block Tor (for example, Yelp gives a 503), while some allow me to browse, but not use more advanced functionality (Wikipedia allows me to read content but not edit it, for ...
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Access to Tor anywhere

I develop a software that will necessarily connect to Tor but I'm looking for a solution where Tor is blocked (else, my software would be useless in countries like China for example) how I could do ...
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Using Tor in Iran for the first time. User Guide.

I am about to go to Iran next week. I've got Tor's Browser Bundle installed, but will I need anything else configured to ensure anonymous and uncontrolled browsing? Thanks!
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How does tor keep the list of bridges secret?

List of all entry/exit/relays are public knowledge and ISPs / govts can use it to block access to tor. How are bridges different in this respect? From my understanding anyone can request for bridge ...
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How to connect through Terminal in OSx

My ISP blocks OpenVPN but i can connect to Tor using obfsproxy (I have to add a socks proxy to obfsproxy config otherwise it won't work either). I used obfsproxy as a socks proxy (localhost 9150) in ...
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How to use Tor via VPN and with help of bridges?

When I tried to use Tor with VPN it worked at my home network but when I tried at my university it can't open as they have blocked Tor so I have to use VPN which I'm sure they haven't blocked, but ...
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censorship and tbb exit nodes.

The three gifts that tor and tbb give are anonymity, privacy and no censorship or so I believed. For last few days/weeks I have been observing that quite a few domains don't work on tor anymore. While ...
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Is it possible to use meek bridges in orbot?

I decide to try orbot in a heavily censored environment and can't get it to work. ppl suggests try to put a few bridges in the setting menu. I tried a few obfs3 and obfs4 bridges, and it doesn't help, ...
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I want to use a private obfs4 tor bridge, without tor

I got my own server somewhere out there in the free internet, and I would like to connect to it via obfs4 and use it as proxy to circumvent local censorship. As far as I know, obfs4 requires a tor ...
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Tor website censored at school, what can I do about it?

I live in France and in my school (more likely in my académie) the domain *.torproject.org/ is voluntary censored however I don't see any legal power that my académie have to continue blocking the Tor ...
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Bridges - How to prevent a big adversary to learn all bridges

Bridges exist in the Tor network to circumvent censorship by not publishing them all at the same time or as a full list. So far so good... But how can a powerful adversary, like for example China, be ...
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How to use tor exit node and VPN to break through GFW in China?

I am trying to deploy private tor network in China. This whole private tor network is unconnected with the Tor on the Internet. Due to GFW in China, I can only visit domestic internet via my private ...
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Avoid autokilling of Tor process

I am on a school controlled mac laptop that is running various management utilities, notably JAMF's Casper. These are set up with a script that seems to auto-kill all the programs in the Tor Browser ...
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Having trouble connecting to tor via cli but TorBrowser connects without Problems

I'm trying to run tor via terminal because I just need the proxy functionality and not all the other stuff TorBrowser offers. I'm on macOS and installed tor using brew install tor tor is censored on ...