Thank you very much for helping me answer the questions:)
I would guess that nearly any non-Chinese VPN provider would be more trustworthy than the Chinese security apparatus.
That's right! And some foreign VPN providers will cooperate with CCP by providing their logs or just using weak encryption.
Additionally, VPN encryption is likely more difficult to crack than obfsproxy fingerprinting.
That's true By the way, proxy encryption can be strong, for example, you can choose to use 'aes-256-cfb' when using ShadowSocks.
Does the Great Firewall not block VPN connections though?
GFW does block VPN connections but not all of them:
Some of them use weak encryption providing CCP a good way to understand what people are doing/thinking;
Some of them are widely used by foreign company so that it would hurt China's economy a lot if CCP simply blocks it.
Very strange mission that Lantern has indeed. Seems best geared for gamers living in Western Europe and Japan - being curious about Western culture (ie cooking shows) may get you executed in North Korea. The Lantern team makes references to N. Korea, China, and Iran on the linked Reddit page. I hope they take great care in outlining the potential dangers of using their product.
Fun Fact: There're about 1 million people able to circumvent the Internet Censorship in China and nobody has been arrested for reading/watching political sensitive materials. What the CCP really care is people who express themselves.
"blocked" traffic routed through network via https
"unblocked" traffic is untouched
Well, there's an option called 'Proxy ALL Traffic' and if you turn it on, most of the problem you mentioned can be solved:)
Even if you could enforce --always-use-lantern-network, you could still be discovered as a Tor user because your destination is unencrypted through the network.
I'm sorry. I don't understand 'because your destination is unencrypted through the network', dosen't that mean your ISP is not able to know where you are going by using an encrypted proxy?
Not sure if that includes Cloudflare captchas?
Lantern should be used to exit Tor
You can use it to avoid Cloudflare captchas And as you mentioned, Lantern sever will get the same information that Tor exit node can get.
You would be setting up a P2P network in your Workstation and potentially stressing the Tor network the way torrenting does
I'm wondering if Lantern is a strict P2P network because you can use it without contributing to it actually. And if you are not satisfied with the P2P features you can try other proxies I mentioned above:)
Has anyone tried this?
A lot of people I know have tired it.