Wikipedia’s Switch to HTTPS Has Successfully Fought Government Censorship

Wikipedia's latest move makes censorship harder (or at least doesn't allow half-measures - you either block Wikipedia entirely or you don't at all).

In short, HTTPS prevents governments and others from seeing the specific page users are visiting. For example, a government could tell that a user is browsing Wikipedia, but couldn't tell that the user is specifically reading the page about Tiananmen Square. (...) Due to how this protocol works, governments could no longer block individual Wikipedia entries. It was an all or nothing deal.


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