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August 19, 2005

Tracing apparent Web censorship in China

Stephen Baker

AsiaPundit shows with a tracing system how and where Web traffic is getting blocked in China. It started when the blogger was trying to call up a Morgan Stanley site from work.

"The connection failed at the ChinaNet backbone server. This is the same result that you get when you enter the URL for banned blogs, such as RConversation, or blocked news sites, such as the BBC." Beyond signaling apparent censorship, he makes an economic point: "I'm in China's financial capital and I cannot access a relatively important financial website without using a proxy."

The paradox? If China were free of this type of authoritarian glitch, the country would be an even more formidable global competitor. For more on China's Web, follow Rebecca MacKinnon.

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This is an important point. Shanghai cannot begin to hope take the place to which it aspires as the new business centre for Asia so long as those trying to do business there are cut off from key sources of information.

Posted by: Paul Woodward at August 20, 2005 12:07 AM

There have bee a lot of blogs blocked over the last two weeks. Apparently the one of my favorites www.imagethief.com has been blocked because I can't open it now.

Posted by: Derrick at August 20, 2005 10:01 AM

If we continue to be this lucky it will benefit the US in the long run. A China that runs any faster than it already is makes it even harder to remain on top.

Posted by: Jonathan at August 20, 2005 11:06 AM

China just freed up access to blogs hosted on Google-owned blogspot.com. This is a step in the right direction. Finally those of us in China will be able to read about the eating and sleeping habits of bored twenty-somethings without much else to share...

Posted by: Ryan Petersen at September 17, 2006 11:21 AM


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