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BBC News Launches Tor Mirror Site

By Gavin Whenman on at

With concerns over censorship by authoritarian governments on the rise, the BBC has launched a version of its news website for the Tor browser.

Privacy-focused web browser Tor, aka The Onion Router, allows users to not only hide what they're doing and where they're doing it from by routing their activity through a circuitous, multi-encrypted network of connections, but also to access sites hosted on the (mostly crap) dark web that normal browsers are unable to view. It's useful for journalists, whistleblowers and those looking to avoid the kind of oppressive government surveillance and censorship favoured by freedom foes China, Iran and Russia, as well as your less savoury characters.

The new site, which can be found at bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion (the address won't work in regular browsers), is a mirror of BBC News's international edition and it will also include foreign language services such as BBC Persian, BBC Chinese and BBC Russian, to take three entirely random examples. Broadcast rights mean UK-only content and services, like BBC iPlayer, will not be available, although being able to access BBC Sounds might be a blessing in disguise.

In a statement, BBC explained why they've launched a news site specifically for Tor:

"The BBC World Service's news content is now available on the Tor network to audiences who live in countries where BBC News is being blocked or restricted. This is in line with the BBC World Service mission to provide trusted news around the world."

Which is the politest way we've seen of saying "fuck you, China." [BBC News via TechRadar]

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