I am based in China and am desperate to find a good email service as a researcher. The university email has suspicious delays and is probably censored. I used to rely on Gmail, but Google is blocked in China, and my emails from my Gmail are often blocked by our university. Are there good email alternatives for academics?

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    Many of my students use Microsoft Outlook Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 3:46
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    @justauser China has been cracking down on VPNs too theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/23/… . From what I understand, they use traffic analysis and deep packet inspection, so even rolling out one on your own cloud server won't help. Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 6:28
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    @FedericoPoloni VPN still works to some degree. Would be a nightmare if they ban it completely (Baidu Scholar Search is a joke).
    – gastro
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 6:53
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    What about ProtonMail? They claim, their setup worked for Snowden, Assange, and Co. Might also work in China. Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 7:45
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    Is there any reason you expect a different answer "for academics" than in general? To me, this looks like what they call a boat programming question on StackOverflow, i.e. this is not really related to academia.
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 14:42

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Outlook is still working, and you can use Outlook Mail to connect to your university mail address through POP, etc. It might be a good idea to automatically reroute your Gmail emails to your outlook address as well.


I heard that Yahoo must work in China, but some people note about the possible lags. I advise you to register on QQ Mail — it's allowed in China. Well, if you're not afraid to use VPN, you can access all Western email providers using VPN.

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