From Chinese IT guru Keso’s Flickr stream, a t-shirt with the latest rallying cry against Chinese Internet censoring, most recently of Flickr itself: Fuck GFW (Great Firewall). Above, in Chinese, followed by “Please use Tor”. Tor is an anonymity network — a free service that, according to Tor’s website, works like this:
The idea is similar to using a twisty, hard-to-follow route in order to throw off somebody who is tailing you—and then periodically erasing your footprints. Instead of taking a direct route from source to
destination, data packets on the Tor network take a random pathway through several servers that cover your tracks so no observer at any single point can tell where the data came from or where it’s going.
Tor is also where you get taken when you click on a “Fuck GFW!” button on IT blog Herock:
Herock has apparently been hosting either a FuckGFW proxy or a link to a proxy for awhile now, as you can read here. No doubt the term has a long and glorious history. But according to a Jeremy Goldkorn June 8 post on Danwei, this latest round was started by Keso’s June 8 response to the blocking of Flickr, Fuck GFW post, which Danwei translates as:
In the global Internet, the better the website, the more likely it
will get GFWed. This is the sorrow of all Internet users in this
country. In the past it has been Google, Blogger, Wikipedia,
Wordpress.com, Vix.com… Now it’s Flick’s turn …
… I just have one character to tell those bastards: Fuck!