Tianyu M. Fang

Tianyu M. Fang

Tianyu M. Fang is a freelance writer based in Boston and Beijing. He writes about politics, technology and culture.

Language spoken
English
Why I go out of my way to log back into the Chinese internet
Like many Chinese who live in the US, I relish the freedom of being able to use Google, Twitter and YouTube whenever I like. This means I have no need to use virtual private networks (VPN) to “leap over” China’s Great Firewall, the way that my friends in China have to, in order to access uncensored social networks and news sites. It is no secret that, because of China’s tight control over information, many of these sites are inaccessible from inside the country, unless you use a VPN.  But what's more surprising is that, increasingly, Chinese people outside the country are using VPNs to get back into the Chinese internet. I’m not doing this to access some sort of censored internet nirvana, no