Politics, porn and iPlayer: Why Arab VPN use is on the rise

An afternoon spent surfing subversive political sites, watching internet porn, and then sitting back to watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones…

That may sound like an unlikely use of the web in the Arab world, given the widespread censorship, as well as geographical restrictions on online content.

But for a growing band of VPN users in the region, it’s just another day on the internet.

Virtual private networks, widespread in the business sphere, are increasingly being used among residents of the Arab world, providers say.

Such networks establish a private, encrypted data connection, and allow users to sidestep local censorship rules while disguising their online identities…

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