In COVID-zero protest crackdown, VPNs are a casualty

The World

Amid a crackdown on dissent spurred by protests in China against the country's COVID-zero lockdowns, the authorities have trained their sights on Chinese digital life more than ever before. Currently, they are trying to bar citizens from using Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, which scramble a user's internet traffic from server to server so they can break past China's so-called "Great Firewall" or internet censorship. They are an indispensable part of online life for many Chinese. The World's Carol Hills talks to Jeremy Goldkorn, editor-in-chief of The China Project, an online publication with news, analysis, and essays about China.

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