[tor-project] Tor blocked in Venezuela

Stephanie A. Whited steph at torproject.org
Thu Jun 21 17:14:47 UTC 2018

On 6/21/18 12:16 PM, David Fifield wrote:
> 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.
Great suggestion! I am traveling today and tomorrow -- but is there a
Spanish speaker who would like to help draft? You can respond to me here
or off-list.

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