How to Get Around China's Blocking of Gmail
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|When the Chinese government cut off direct access to Gmail in June, Internet users responded by using Gmail third-party clients. That route, though, was blocked this weekend when the Chinese government closed a gap in its Great Firewall. However, there is still a way for Chinese Internet users to access Gmail by using software commonly known as VPNs or "virtual private networks." VPNs can get around China's firewall because they let users access private networks. These networks are hard to censor because they prevent authorities from viewing a user's Internet activity. The Chinese government's firewall won't know when users are accessing a blocked site such as Gmail. Many foreign companies operating in China use Gmail for their communication and will have to provide employees with VPN software to continue using Gmail.
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