You'd expect it from China or Iran but what happens when it is used on us?
URUMQI, China (AFP) — Chinese authorities have confirmed they cut off Internet access in parts of Xinjiang's capital to prevent the violence from spreading, according to state media. The top Communist Party official in Urumqi, Li Zhi, confirmed reports from web users and human rights groups, saying officials stopped Internet access to reassert control.
"We cut Internet connection in some areas of Urumqi in order to quench the riot quickly and prevent violence from spreading to other places," Li was quoted as saying. He did not say when Internet access would be fully restored, the report said.
Chinese authorities keep a tight rein on the Internet and frequently block access to websites the government finds objectionable for political or moral reasons.
Despite efforts by Chinese officials to cut off the Internet and mobile phones, pictures, videos and updates from Urumqi poured into social-networking and image-sharing websites such as Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
For those in the know about these things, is it possible to use a provider not in one's own country? For example, my host is in Britain and if Gordo's boys wanted to crack down on people like me 'to prevent unrest', could we use a provider they can't touch?