While the Western world fiercely debates encryption following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, tens of thousands of people are relying on the encrypted Tor network to bypass the Bangladeshi government’s aggressive Internet censorship.
Tor use in Bangladesh jumped 380 percent this past week after the national government indefinitely banned Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Viber following widespread unrest over the execution of opposition politicians accused of war crimes in the 1971 war that split Bangladesh from Pakistan. Three million people died in the war.
Tor works by encrypting an individual’s Internet traffic, giving them anonymity online and helping them circumvent censorship.
The graph above, provided by Tor, shows the average number of concurrent users on the network from Bangladesh: Over 12,000 now, up from around 2,000 just days ago.