I am enjoying Liberty

Written by Julen Madariaga on January 9th, 2009

I had to do it, really, I couldn’t stand it one second more and it was getting on my nerves. It’s all very good to show solidarity and suffer with the people, but I have my limits. This time back in Europe I got used to the advantages of an adult life and I can’t get back to primary school.

So I’ve decided that I am old enough to surf alone. The time has come for the bird to leave the nest. Time for Emancipation. And that’s exactly what I’ve done tonight. I paid the fee at Witopia to get their personal VPN service, and farewell old Nanny!

I still can’t believe how smooth it goes, yes, it is almost like Democracy!  If the old Fathers of Enlightment could see me now, how proud they would feel to know I have liberated the Republic of my Garden. Debate, free opinion, bikinis, exchange of ideas, charters, the new riches of Chinayouren.

No human language is powerful enough to describe the taste of freedom. Perhaps, the only line that gets even close to the sensation is this one I learnt on a Chinese park sign.

a blaze of multifarious colors from which countless fairy stories and sayings are handed down, thus forming a quiet, deep and precipitous dreamland.

I leave it here for all to ponder.

CLARIFICATION: I just come back to this post and realize that the above might sound cryptic for readers not acquainted with the Chinese internets. The whole post is about me breaking the chains of censorship and rejoicing in the new found freedom. I guess I got a bit carried away.

I did this by means of purchasing the services of a company called Witopia, which for 40$ a year provides a coded connection that can’t be blocked. There are other, free ways to do it, such as proxies, but all time consuming and annoying.

FYI, the internet censorship in China, AKA the Nanny, Net Nanny or the Great Firewall of China (GFW), with the collaboration of many online companies big and small (Google, Baidu, etc.) blocks all the sites with suspected “counter-revolutionary” content. There’s been a lot written about this on different blogs, one of the most complete and best written accounts is this one by James Fallows.

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Comments so far ↓

  1. Jan
    10
    9:07
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    M.H.

    haha, you did not get carried away. Euphoria is the legitimate effect of tasting Freedom. I didn’t know such service existed until I saw your post. I usually uses proxies, but as you said, it’s a major waste of time. And lately, I don’t know why but few of my regular proxies works. It’s soooooo frustrating.

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  2. Jan
    11
    1:17
    AM
    uln

    Hi M, nice to see you back. Yes, actually I had been doing the proxies thing for a year, but it gets really annoying, so I decided to try this VPN solution. If you can afford to pay 40$ for it I absolutely recommend it. You just leave it connected and it is exaclty like surfing outside China. Google Witopia and you got it.

    I hear there is a similar VPN solution that is free of charge (it is paid by the ads). Try it at Hotspotshield.

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  3. Jan
    14
    4:02
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    B.

    hotspotshield has transfer limits and has been suspected as spyware.

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  4. Mar
    2
    10:43
    AM
    胡让之

    UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE THING.

    JUST BEING CURIOUS, I AM WONDERING WHAT ARE THE EXACT WEBSITES THAT BRINGS YOU THE EUPHORIA AND FREEDOM YOU LONGED FOR SO DEARLY…PLEASE NAME SOME HERE, IF YOU ARE DEMOCRATIC ENOUGH…

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  5. Mar
    2
    12:45
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    uln

    Haha, I think I know which direction you are pointing. There might be some of that too, but I will stick to clean terms in this blog. (yes, I do censor vulgar content too)

    For your curiosity, the blogs that made me so happy that I could read them that day (alhough since then there are many more) were:

    - Inside out China - http://www.insideoutchina.com/
    - Time Magazine China Blog
    - China Digital Times
    - Other blogs of personal friends that have nothing to do with China but they are blocked here as part of a completely stupid host block (blogger).

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