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Wikipedia less frequently blocked since the transition to HTTPS connection’

Wikipedia less frequently blocked since the transition to HTTPS connection’

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Wikipedia is less often blocked by the authorities since the website is transferred on a secure HTTPS connection.

That set scientists at the Harvard Center for Internet and Society in a Thursday published research.

Wikipedia made the secure connection in June 2015, the standard for the website. The HTTPS connection ensures, among other things, that it is not possible to see which pages users visit. But governments and companies can no longer only specific articles, blocking, what different countries have done so. Or, the entire website should be blocked, or there may be nothing to be blocked.

The researchers from Harvard looked at between may 2015 and may 2016 to striking changes in the traffic to Wikipedia. The data was then compared with the traffic to 1.7 million articles in 286 different languages between 2011 and 2016. They found out on the basis that Wikipedia is less frequently blocked in various countries since the transition to HTTPS.

According to the research is Wikipedia, in Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia is no longer blocked. Countries such as China, Thailand and Uzbekistan censor Wikipedia however.

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