We are the largest and longest anti-censorship operation in the world.
We have the vision, the technology, the capability, and the commitment to dismantle the Great Firewalls around the world and bring complete Internet freedom to closed societies.
Over the past eight years, we have developed highly successful anti-censorship technologies and a suite of secure Internet tools for users inside closed societies such as China and Iran.
The hits carried by our anti-censorship systems from closed societies had reached more than 400 million per day by January 2008. The latest figures show more than 90% of the Internet traffic from China and Iran for anti-censorship purposes goes through our secure gateway services. Our technology is scaleable, so our service capacity is limited only by lack of funding.
Our users know our tools will get the job done and allow them to access uncensored information and visit blocked websites at will. They trust us because our technology is field tested, safe, and reliable.
The anti-censorship endeavor was brought to a new level when several grassroots organizations pooled their complementary resources and areas of expertise to form the Global Internet Freedom Consortium.
The members of the Consortium are:
- Global Information Freedom, Inc.(GIF) (www.internetfreedom.org), a non-profit organization. In addition to being an expert analyst of Internet blocking and anti-censorship technologies, GIF has been conducting in-depth analysis of the workings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the needs of Internet users in China. Since 2002, it has organized massive grassroots campaigns to send uncensored information to Chinese citizens via DVDs, emails, and postal mail. Between 2002 and 2004, it analyzed the needs and concerns of Internet users in China and provided requirements for Internet tool designs. Over the last three years, it has actively monitored the Internet blocking methods used by the CCP and has organized volunteers to set up three anti-censorship systems: www.enixtv.com, www.xinqiaonet.com, and Uniweb, which later became part of DynaWeb.
- Dynamic Internet Technology, Inc. (DIT) (www.dit-inc.us), a private technology company incorporated in 2001. DIT is at the forefront of anti-censorship technology for Chinese users, a leading researcher of Internet censorship in China, and an expert in mass-emailing to China. It has been providing mass mailing services for Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) since 2002 and for Human Rights In China since 2003. DIT has also provided short-term mass mailing services for China Information Center and The Epoch Times, Inc.
- UltraReach Internet Corp.www.ultrareach.com), formed in November 2002 in California. This company has created a method for the connection and reconnection of users to enable website access without being blocked and has also invented the Global Internet Freedom Technology (GIFT) platform - a dynamic node-proxy anti-censorship system. This system has been up and running without interruption since August 2002.
- Garden Networks for Freedom of Information Inc. (www.gardennetworks.org), a Canadian not-for-profit organization. This organization focuses on providing cutting-edge technologies to help people inside countries with Internet censorship. Garden Networks has developed a series of software tools (including Garden and GTunnel) that have been introduced to Internet users and widely used in China since 2001.
- The World’s Gate, Inc. (www.edoors.com) is a private IT company offering Internet solutions for information freedom in China and other regions under repressive regimes. Its current products include Internet-based content and communications and anti-censorship platforms (GPass and FirePhoenix). It provides what is thus far the only comprehensive, independent, multi-language web-portal with its own built-in search engine technology and anti-censorship system. In 2007, World’s Gate, Inc merged with ACOSM SOLUTIONS, INC, a company with leading expertise in datacenter and network management.
Consortium members have achieved the following:
- Currently, most of the traffic for Consortium tools originates from China, followed by Iran. In 2005, online hits by users in closed societies at sites unblocked by Consortium members averaged 30 million every day, but by early 2008, the number of hits had already reached 400 million per day. The vast majority are from repeat users.
- Essentially every single website that would otherwise be blocked from Internet users in closed societies such as China and Iran is still accessible because of the efforts of these Consortium members. Such is the case for the websites of Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA), for which Consortium members have provided services over the past four years.
- The technology developed by Consortium members has attracted much attention by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As the CCP focuses more resources on these specific technologies, it is now easier for other smaller anti-jamming efforts to penetrate China’s Firewall using less sophisticated methods that focus on proxy links and websites that are rarely blocked or lightly used.
- The technology developed by Consortium members now makes the uncensored versions of the Google and Yahoo search engines available to Chinese Internet users.