Internet Freedom With Lantern The P2P Anti-Censorship Tool

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New anti-censorship tool Lantern helps with a free Internet.

Imagine living in a place where your access to information was banned, altered or edited, in other words censored. Sadly, many countries prevent their own citizens from speaking freely or reading or reporting fact-based news. Globally, there are varying degrees of censorship, such as political censorship connected to things like government opposition or Internet censorship that can filter or block emails. Furthermore, your country of domicile dictates the type of censorship and degree of censorship (minimal to pervasive) you’re confronted with.

One of the top censorship offenders is China and their ‘great firewall’ blocks a large amount of sites and services. Many Chinese rely on VPNs and proxy servers to connect with sites like Facebook, but heavy monitoring from the Chinese government renders many obsolete and ineffective once their existence is identified.

In an effort to fight against censorship a new tool known as Lantern has been developed. Like Vuze bittorrent client, Lantern uses peer-to-peer technology to invite friends to share their Internet connection. Through a connection share Lantern users create their own networks. This distributed system makes it tougher for governments to pinpoint single access points.

In short, each computer acts like a server and users running Lantern with uncensored access become gateways to those without. Watch the Lantern video to learn more about how it works as an anti-censorship tool.

Visit Lantern and sign-up to learn more about how you can fight against censorship. Support Lantern and keep in touch with the team through Twitter too.

We have no commercial relationships with Lantern, and disclaim responsibility for it and its goods and services.

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.