Internet censorship in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) affects publishing and viewing online material. Many controversial events are censored from news coverage, preventing many Chinese citizens from knowing about the actions of their government and severely restricting freedom of the press. Such measures, including the complete blockage of various websites, inspired the policy’s nickname, the “Great Firewall of China,” blocks websites like Wikipedia, YouTube, and Google. Methods used to block websites and pages include DNS spoofing, blocking access to IP addresses, analyzing and filtering URLs, packet inspection, and resetting connections.
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