5 Ways to Avoid Censorship & Reach Your Audience with Technology

Christian Cawley 26-08-2015

Censorship sucks. It sucks away your passion, your interest… it sucks away your audience. If you have an important message that someone with a judiciary, militia, police force or army behind them deems unsuitable for mass consumption, then your audience will remain ignorant.


Over the past few months, we’ve looked at several ways in which you can use technology to your advantage and circumvent censorship. We’re going to remind you of them here, but with a simple caveat.

Stay Mobile to Share Your Message

Lugging a PC or laptop around to host a website might give good results from a performance point of view, but will ultimately prove unwieldy and possibly dangerous for your short term liberty.

The spread of the Internet and the proliferation of portable hardware such as smartphones, tablets, and mini computers like the Raspberry Pi How NOOBS For Raspberry Pi Can Help First Time Users There is something about the Raspberry Pi that might just put people off: until now, setting it up has not been particularly user friendly. NOOBS aims to change that! Read More means that the power to launch a literal digital revolution is now very much real.

As an idea, this is nothing new. The Arab Spring saw Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools utilized to spread photos and shoot footage of events in North Africa back in 2012, enabling newspapers and TV stations around the world to share these uprisings from the viewpoint of on the ground citizen journalists. In the countries where these governments were overthrown (such as Egypt and Tunisia), such footage was ignored as the official media mouthpieces attempted to ignore or pour scorn on the reports.

Tweeting photos and videos Twitter Video and Group Messages: Everything You Need to Know Twitter, the world's favourite micro-blogging social network, has launched two new highly anticipated features. You can now finally record and share videos directly on Twitter, and you can also start private group chats. Read More is just one way in which digital technology can be used to overcome censorship. But wherever you are, you should be aware that your phone can be used to protect your civil liberties How To Use Your Smartphone To Protect And Uphold Your Civil Rights Can you imagine how much quicker the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's would have come to a head if they had the power that we hold in our pocket? Some would say... Read More .


Publish a Podcast with Your Smartphone

Want to get your voice heard, but don’t have the option of a web server to store your vocalizations?

All you need is an Android or iPhone device, and an account with Audioboom, Soundcloud, or other similar services that host (usually short) audio content for free. Coupled with the mobile apps’ ability to record and upload your podcast How To Make Podcast On The Go With Your Mobile Phone Read More , you can end up with a podcast that tells a story, perhaps yours, or an interview with someone whose experiences can change how the world sees your country.

Should these services be blocked in your location, using an Android VPN tool What Is The Best VPN App for Android? We Put Rocket VPN to The Test For us Android users, one VPN app manages to cut through the clutter and offers a simple and usable VPN. This app is Rocket VPN. Read More should help you to circumvent this censorship.

Host a Portable Website

Want to share your truth online, in the shape of the written word?


You can circumvent “official” narratives and offer your side of the story with a web page. But if hosting is prohibitively expensive, and you fear censorship from hosts such as WordPress and Blogger, alternatives exist.

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The first solution comes in the shape of the low cost Raspberry Pi, which can be used as a web server How to Host Your Own Website on a Raspberry Pi Need to run a website but can't afford the hosting costs? Build your own LAMP-capable web server with a low-powered Raspberry Pi. Read More . Setup for this is simple, and as long as you can maintain an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection for the device Setting Up Wireless Networking on Your Raspberry Pi Virtually every Raspberry Pi project will require a network connection, and considerable flexibility can be gained by ignoring the Ethernet port in favour of a wireless USB dongle. Read More , the dynamic DNS service client installed, anyone online can visit a web page hosted on your Pi.

Perhaps a better option would be to publish your potentially subversive content on a website hosted on your Android device How to Turn an Android Device Into a Web Server Want to host a simple website without an expensive hosting plan? Here's how to host a website on your Android phone or tablet. Read More . Once again, this is simple to configure, and will also require (or a similar service) to facilitate connections from the web.


Broadcast Your Own Radio Station

Throughout the 20th century, radio was used as a call to arms, with difficult-to-trace transmissions keeping guerrillas, rebels, and resistance fighters up-to-date with movements and campaigns. The same tactic can be employed in the 21st century; radio has not gone away.

The possibilities of using a Raspberry Pi to broadcast on the FM band have intrigued me since I even knew it was possible.

After all:

Setting up the Raspberry Pi as an FM radio Broadcast Your Own FM Radio Station, with a Raspberry Pi Sick of listening to babbling DJs and want to broadcast your own radio station? Raspberry Pi will come to your rescue, with its previously unknown ability to broadcast on the FM band. Read More  requires little more than a 10 inch length of this wire and a portable power source such as a Raspberry Pi-compatible battery pack 3 Raspberry Pi Battery Packs for Portable Projects A Raspberry Pi battery can make a regular Pi into a portable computer. You'll need one of these battery solutions to get started. Read More .


What you choose to broadcast through the device is up to you, but it will need to be pre-recorded and copied to an SD card first.

Broadcasting on the FM band requires a license in most countries. However, intelligent positioning of your Pi FM transmitters can help you share your message to your audience while avoiding the close attention of the authorities.

Avoid Censorship, Your Way

Denizens of oppressive regimes have little to look forward to. Being able to subvert the communications tools that they have access to in order to bring about change isn’t for everyone. These aren’t the only ways that technology can be used to work around censorship 5 Brilliant Ways Tech-Savvy People Worked Around Censorship n ad-hoc mesh wifi network, spreading across Havana, connects people without Internet access, and other ways people work around government censorship. Read More , either.

But know that technology can be on your side.

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Related topics: Internet Censorship, Podcasts, Raspberry Pi.

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