SaferVPN offers free VPN to individuals facing government censorship
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In light of Turkey’s recent attempt to block Twitter, the cybersoftware startup launched an initiative to give individuals blocked by government censorship free access to VPN

Credit: SaferVPN

Credit: SaferVPN

As every American expatriate knows there are plenty of ways to trick websites into thinking you are somewhere else so you can use Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, or other sites from anywhere in the world.

But in some countries, its more than just movies and TV shows being blocked, which is why startup Safer Social recently launched an initiative to unblock websites in Turkey by offering its VPN service for free. The company, which develops easy-to-use software that allows for advanced web-browsing, announced the controversial initiative to help “individuals living under the oppression of unjust government-mandate Internet censorship laws,” according to a statement. People in these countries are eligible for free bulk licenses of SaferVPN‘s desktop and mobile software.

Since Friday Turkey has been working to censor Twitter, but its citizens have been working just as hard to find ways to circumvent the censorship. Turkey’s attempts to block Twitter seem to come from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose reputation has recently been damaged by leaks of alleged audio recordings that suggest corruption. Many of the leaks were posted on Twitter.

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“Certain governments in countries around the world have made big mistakes in the blocking of select Internet content within their borders,” the company wrote in a statement. “It should not be at the jurisdiction of countries, municipalities, organizations or individuals for that matter to determine which content can and cannot be accessed. The Internet is a wealth of knowledge and a global network that is owned by no one and of benefit to everyone.”

Founded in 2012, SaferVPN is an Israel-based cyber security software developer and provider. Its product was launched in 2013. The company has more than 100 different servers in 16 locations.

The product allows users to connect to servicers around the world where their desired content is available. It also helps users who want their activity to remain anonymous and secure.

SaferVPN said it is emphasizing its anti-government censorship efforts to transition itself away from a provider of consumer software and towards a new identity as a global leader in the future of internet public policy. Right now, free accounts for individuals in censored countries are limited.

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Aviva Gat

About Aviva Gat


Olah Chadasha and former finance reporter from New York City. Gat is a writer, runner and traveler who came to Israel for the good food and weather. She writes for Geektime’s English and global desk.

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