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China strengthens Internet restrictions

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However, the founder of the Website, which tracks online censorship in China, said it was plausible that the authorities could have tweaked the system to affect VPNs.

“The GFW cannot know what the content of encrypted traffic is, but they can see that it’s encrypted traffic,” the activist, who uses the pseudonym Martin Johnson for security reasons, said in an e-mail.

“For example, if a lot of encrypted traffic passes through the GFW to a certain server outside China, the GFW can notify staff to manually review it and block the server based on its IP address if they so choose. It can also be automatically blocked,” he said.

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