Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Credit: HealthWyze from Pixabay Last year, computer scientist Amir Houmansadr was writing a paper about the new version of TLS, the underlying encryption mechanism for HTTPS, which is used by the majority of websites to protect internet users’ data. Houmansadr, an associate professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst, issued a sharp warning: be quick and quiet about the adoption of the newest encryption method or else censors in repressive countries across the world will start blocking it. If the new version was censored in some countries before it had the chance to become widely popular, he worried, there would be less incentive for websites to adopt it globally. This July, his prediction became reality when China started doing just that. According to a joint report published by three groups that track Chinese censorship — iYouPort, the University of Maryland, and the Great Firewall Report — the Chinese government has started blocking HTTPS traffic that uses the most recent version of TLS, shortSubscribe or register to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.