The Nanny changes her mind: Wikipedia blocked again

Put the champagne back in the bottle: China's Net Nanny has blocked Wikipedia again, both Chinese and English versions.

Readers from as far afield as Shenzhen and Shenyang have written in, saying that the free encyclopedia was inaccessible after a week or so of being unblocked.

Way to go Nanny! Ho hum.

- You can still use the Gollum Wikipedia browser to access English Wikipedia articles from China.

There are currently 12 Comments for The Nanny changes her mind: Wikipedia blocked again.

Comments on The Nanny changes her mind: Wikipedia blocked again


Ridiculous. works, too.

Cute, just as the whole world press has written that Wikipedia has been unblocked they turn the switch.

Maybe it's part of a big master plan. Make it available for a short time, stupid foreign press writes positive articles, block it again and hope they won't report it and leave everybody outside China with an impression of the great progress.

stupid nanny!!!
you can't sacrifice so much liberty for the stability of the government! no use!

OR, perhaps there is no strategy and they didn't know it was unblocked and important until they read the story in the New York Times ;) Curious that it happened on that very day.

I understand nothing about the blocking and unblocking here.

Does it follow any logical pattern?

I was having trouble accessing specific articles in Wikipedia over a week ago - on prostitution in China and on Tibet, but figured that maybe they decided to block 'sensitive' articles.

Then I searched for "Paris" and it still wasn't working.

Jenn is correct.

Wikipedia was briefly totally unblocked, and the progressively more and more censored right through last week, starting with "sensitive" articles, moving to any "China" article (couldn't access the harmless "Beijing" article from Wednesday) and now we're back to fully blocked again.

My take is that new filtering technology was being trialled, was found to be unsucessful, and so we're back to blanket measures again.

Is google working for anyone this morning?

It seems to be dead in Qingdao.

Give the nanny a break, she is protecting her 5000 years of history from intrusive capitalist outsiders like us. She is perfecting the great firewall, so until then, no wiki for you. Meanwhile, google "torpark", it is a free Firefox based browser that automatically searches proxies so you can say no "thank you" to nanny's care.

Thank you so much for posting the gollum browser!

I happenend to start my job as a researcher during the week wikipedia was open, and until a week later, when i couldn't get to wikipedia any more, I didn't know about the ban in China!

It's been really frustrating not to be able to get to a well-rounded source for any type of academic/art research. One realized how many false informations there are out there!

Anyway, thanks again!


Given China's accelerated slide into the dubious, notional benefits of the global market economy - and active suppression of those who oppose it - who can confidently assert nanny's agenda is anti-capitalist?
She could just as easily spring from the loony right.
It would be fascinating to know who provided the 'search and disable' software: I suspect the 'free world'.

Damn i can't access gollum. blocked again?

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