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Here’s how Turks can get around the Tor ban

It's as easy as an email.

 

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Internet Culture

Published Mar 27, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 1:50 pm CDT

The Turkish government is in the midst of a growing Internet censorship campaign that has blocked the likes of Twitter and YouTube in much of the country.

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To circumvent the censorship, tens of thousands of Turks have turned to Tor, the leading online anonymity network, to use the Web without any blocks or bans.

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So earlier today, the Turkish government took the next obvious step: It blocked access to the Tor Project‘s website.

But Tor isn’t so easily defeated. If you’re a Turkish citizen, here’s how to download and access to the Tor network so you can use a free Internet.

In Turkey, all you need is a Tor mirror.

The first and easiest place to get it is via email. Simple send an email with the message “windows” to [email protected]

You can get the #Tor Browser Bundle for Windows via email by sending “windows” to [email protected]

— Runa A. Sandvik (@runasand) March 27, 2014

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Additionally, you can find mirrors all over the Internet to give you a copy of the Tor software allowing you to access the network to get on Twitter, YouTube and wherever else you want to go. The Tor Project maintains a list of mirrors on the official website that is now blocked in Turkey. We’ve transcribed the list below ordered by each link’s destination.

– Australia

– AustriaAustria 2Austria 3, Austria 4

– Canada

– Czech Republic

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– Denmark

– Estonia

– FranceFrance 2France 3France 4

– GermanyGermany 2Germany 3Germany 4Germany 5Germany 6Germany 7Germany 8Germany 9Germany 10Germany 11Germany 12Germany 13

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– Great Britain

– Hungary

– IcelandIceland 2

– India

– International

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– Lithuania

– Luxembourg

– Mexico

– Netherlands

– Norway

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– Romania

– Russia

– Spain

– Sweden

– Turkey

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– United StatesUnited States 2United States 3United States 4United States 5United States 6

One big way for outsiders to help the Turks is to run their own Tor mirrors. Any government will have a tougher time of blocking the service when it’s a moving and growing target. You can find instructions to do so here. Outsiders can also create something called a Tor bridge, which strengthens the network as a whole. We outlined how to do that here.

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*First Published: Mar 27, 2014, 4:18 pm CDT