Posts Tagged: great firewall


Unblockable? Unstoppable? FireChat messaging app unites China and Taiwan in free speech… and it’s not pretty

Over a week ago a messaging app for the iPhone called FireChat launched and quickly attracted attention from the international tech media. C...

  • March 31, 2014
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Dropbox in China

Welcome back! Dropbox is now unblocked in China

Dropbox got blocked in China in 2010. It was probably due to Chinese authorities finding politically sensitive material being shared or stor...

  • February 17, 2014
  • at 2:32 pm
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Guardian blocked in China again

Bombshell story gets the Guardian blocked in China – AGAIN

UK-based newspaper The Guardian seems to be really pushing someone’s button in China as its website has been blocked in China today. I...

  • January 22, 2014
  • at 5:42 pm
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China's GFW unblocks Chinese versions of Reuters and WSJ sites

In a rare move, China unblocks Chinese versions of Reuters and WSJ sites

China’s Great Firewall blocks a number of big-name sites every year. Last year, news sites were under fire for their reporting on Chin...

  • January 6, 2014
  • at 10:45 am
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GreatFire circumvents Chinese censors by duplicating blocked Chinese Reuters site

Last Friday, we reported that the Chinese-language sites for the Wall Street Journal ( and Reuters ( were censor...

  • November 18, 2013
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Soundcloud blocked in China, but there’s a workaround UPDATED: it’s back!

UPDATE: As of Monday night, Soundcloud is no longer blocked. We received tips last Friday that music and audio sharing website Soundcloud ...

  • September 9, 2013
  • at 3:37 pm
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Facebook login Great Firewall

Censorship, external authentication, and other social media lessons from China’s Great Firewall

Late last month, Sina Weibo announced that it would be allowing international users to register via Facebook. However, as Weibo largely fail...

  • August 12, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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Google China Boss John Liu

Google China Boss John Liu Quits, New Successor Named

It’s all change at the top at Google China as current country head John Liu will step down after nearly six difficult and controversia...

  • July 15, 2013
  • at 9:12 pm
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Beating the Censorship of China’s Great Firewall with Raspberry Pi

Chinese internet censorship can be a pain in the ass. While it’s easy enough to circumvent with a good VPN, it’s tough to bring ...

  • May 29, 2013
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5 ways to sneak through China’s Great Firewall

At this point, pretty much everyone knows China has a one of the most advanced internet censorship systems in the world. Referred to as the ...

  • March 24, 2014
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VyprVPN slides onto iOS and Android, but can it jump China’s Great Firewall more nimbly than competitors?

Throughout my career in China, I’ve gone through a handful of different VPN services to evade the Great Firewall. Starting with a free...

  • February 3, 2014
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China’s Great Firewall blocks website of UK newspaper Guardian (UPDATE: unblocked)

UPDATE: The Guardian reported today its website is now accessible from within China again. No explanation was given as to what prompted the...

  • January 8, 2014
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China blocks Lantern proxy

China blocks censorship circumvention software Lantern after a surge of Chinese users

Authorities in China don’t like its citizens vaulting over the Great Firewall, bypassing its behemoth machine of online censorship. Th...

  • December 11, 2013
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Wall Street Journal and Reuters’ Chinese sites blocked in China

The Chinese websites for the Wall Street Journal ( and Reuters ( have both been blocked by the Great Firewall of C...

  • November 15, 2013
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Wikipedia Chinese editor banned from leaving China

A Chinese Wikipedia editor is banned from leaving China until 2016

(Update: Though sourced from a recent story, the ban on that editor was put in place in 2009. The title has been changed to reflect that it&...

  • August 16, 2013
  • at 11:37 am
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Flipboard GFW

Flipboard Is Now Blocked In China, But Chinese Edition Of App Is Left Unmolested

China’s Great Firewall has been quiet for a few months, contenting itself with its huge swathe of blockages on all kinds of fun or inconve...

  • August 7, 2013
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Why isn’t LinkedIn Blocked in China?

Among major social media sites, China blocks Twitter and Facebook (among others); heck, it even blocks Slideshare! But not LinkedIn.

  • July 11, 2013
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North Korea buys Great Firewall from China

The Next Step for North Korea’s Internet: Buying a Great Firewall From China

We are all familiar enough with the internet now to realize that it’s not a magical, virtual, hyper-human neuron network and is in fac...

  • March 14, 2013
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