RSS Aggregators to Unblock Websites
Many blogs, news sites, sports and other websites whose content changes quite regularly would make something known as the RSS feed available to the users. An RSS feed is a subscription to a website through which users can automatically access any updated or new content that may be available. RSS feeds can be read using the RSS readers or RSS aggregators like Feedly or Inoreader.
Why the RSS aggregators?
There have been many occasions in the past where a government or organization has blocked access to a blog or a newspaper or media house that is deemed to be controversial. In such a case, if you try using your browser to connect to the controversial website, you would be denied the access.
However, if you want to continue to access the content on the blocked website, then it may be possible for you to subscribe to the RSS feed of that website using any popular RSS aggregator. Usually, a government, company college or ISP would only block direct access to a website. But they cannot block the access to the RSS feed of a website without blocking the complete RSS aggregator.
Let us take for example and assume that your government has blocked access to cnn.com since it published some controversial story. And it is no longer possible for you to access www.cnn.com using your browser. But you really want to find a way to access the articles on the CNN website which have been blocked. In such a case, you can do the following:
Start your own browser and connect to the Feedly website.
When you search for any RSS feeds that you want to subscribe to by typing in the relevant keywords. In this example, I want to access the content from the blocked CNN website. So, I search for the keyword CNN and subscribe to their official RSS feed.
Now the Feedly would allow me to read the latest news stories from the CNN website, even though officially, the CNN website has been blocked by the local government or company or ISP.
NOTE: This technique would only work for those websites that have an RSS feed option.
What do you think about this technique? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, if you want to unblock websites that do not have an RSS feed, check out the previous posts.
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