[tor-project] Tor blocked in Venezuela

Tom Leckrone semprephi at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 17:04:02 UTC 2018

+1 David!

On Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 12:16 PM, David Fifield <david at bamsoftware.com>

> On Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 12:28:10PM +0200, Maria Xynou wrote:
> > As of last night (or last morning, Venezuela-time), we've been receiving
> > reports from locals in Venezuela that Tor is being blocked.
> >
> > State-owned CANTV is reportedly blocking access to Tor and obfs4.
> >
> > They've been running OONI Probe tests that seem to confirm this, though
> > it remains unclear if other ISPs in Venezuela are blocking access to Tor
> > (and Tor bridges) as well.
> >
> > This follows weeks of increased censorship, particularly targeting media
> > websites (like lapatilla.com and elpitazo.com).
> >
> > What strategies would be relevant here?
> It's likely that the obfs4 blocking is being effected by IP address
> blocking of the default obfs4 bridges. My guess is that non-default
> bridges from bridges.torproject.org will work.
> Idea: turn the situation into a teachable moment by making a
> Spanish-language tweet/blogpost that contains one or two non-default
> bridge lines and instructions on where to paste them, *plus* a link to
> https://blog.torproject.org/breaking-through-censorship-
> barriers-even-when-tor-blocked
> or similar that shows how to get more bridges when the tweeted ones get
> blocked.
> My thinking is that while people normally have no incentive to use
> anything but a default bridge, they can learn the skills they need now
> that there is a reason.
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