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The ‘Great Firewall’ at Work?

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Posted on Apr 12, 2012
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Chinese Internet users were prevented from accessing all foreign websites for about an hour Thursday morning, prompting questions as to whether the problem resulted from a technical failure or was a test of the government’s censorship system.

The blockage came amid an ongoing crackdown on Internet groups that published rumors that the Chinese government had undergone a coup in late March. Government officials offered no explanation for the loss of service. —ARK

The Guardian:

The “great firewall” already blocks many sites hosted from other countries, but users in Beijing, Shanghai and other parts of China reported that they could not reach any foreign sites whatsoever on Thursday morning—although it was not clear whether the problems were universal.

Meanwhile, users abroad and in Hong Kong—which is part of China but not subject to Beijing’s net censorship—said they were unable to reach any sites on the Chinese mainland.

… One company, Data Centre for China Internet, posted: “Latest news: most foreign websites can’t be accessed. Analysis: for commonly known reasons, a large number of foreign URLs are blocked. It is possible that the great firewall is undergoing some readjustment, mistakenly adding many foreign websites to the blocking list. The details are unclear.”

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By heterochromatic, April 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

anyway, it’s all the fault of the awful USA and China must have been provoked by
us or the Dalai Lama, that CIA running dog lackey.

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By heterochromatic, April 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

that big BUCKS thing—-that some kinda reference to non-white men, you filthy
racialist?

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By moonraven, April 14, 2012 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

Hah—excellent typo:  I meant to type big BUCKS!

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By PatrickHenry, April 14, 2012 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

Pay attention to China, we’re next.

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By moonraven, April 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

In China, unlike in the US, perhaps their budget doesn’t include the big bugs that the US’s does for hiring pieacework posters to disrupt discussion, so they resort to other means.

Maybe they should consider hiring hetero/imax, though.  He’s cheap, and in his breaks from truthdig he could maybe run up a few Nikes for them.

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