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I’m not Being Bad Enough….

Leigh is…. but I am not… blocked in China.

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The Great Firewall of China is a site to test URLs if they are ones being censored by the Chinese government. I guess I am not being subversive enough.

[The Aim] of this website is to be a watchdog and keep track of which and how many or how many times sites are censored. Help to keep the censorship transparent. Each blocked website will automatically be added to the great firewall on the homepage.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

Comments

  1. Hmm… My blog is blocked too. Yet I am getting hits from central China according to Google Analytics – some place called Chengdu. Oh and Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have been tickling my blog too. Then again with the filters being employed in US K-12 nowadays we’re essentially doing the same thing!

    Cheers?

    John

  2. John,

    If you read the fine print on the Great Firewall of China site, they are actually testing urls against a single server in a single city —

    “We’ve opened a website in China and route your url request on greatfirewallofchina.org through to our server in China. The server in China opens the url and the result is send back. Our testing is only based on one server on one location in China”

    I see it more as an interesting way to highlight the issue of governmental content censorship, and a public effort to shine light there.

  3. Ahh, fine print. Maybe that’s how I ended up in the Navy for 6 years :)

    It is interesting though as others will likely make the same (erroneous) conclusion that if links are blocked at that point that they are blocked systemically. I wonder what the actual filter impact is across the region?

    Thanks Alan!

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