Net Nanny Follies

Chinese Net Nanny on the rampage

Youtube is blocked, the websites of The Guardian and L.A. Times newspapers are not currently accessible in Beijing; we have reader reports of the Yahoo home page not loading from around the country.

In addition, web pages with high numbers of keywords relating to the goings-on in Tîbet are being filtered.

This is going to be quite a spring time in Beijing.

Update: The satellite TV feeds for CNN and BBC appear to be have been removed from the lineup of TV stations available inside Beijing's diplomatic compounds, where many foreign journalists live and work. But reports from upscale hotels and other apartment complexes in Beijing are not having any problems seeing those stations.

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The Guardian's accessible from Chengdu, but I've been staying away from stories about Tibet at least in the English-language media because I knew they'd be blocked and, on the basis of prior experience, perhaps not even available via a proxy. I haven't (so far) had any problems accessing such reports from the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which is a little strange since the names of people and places are pretty much the same as they are in English.

Slight correction. I managed to read one article on the Guardian via RSS and that was it. So you can add Chengdu to the list of places where that's been blocked.

I live in Nanjing and I can open The Guardian and L.A. Times. But I can't open Youtube.

I am in Chengdu. I had trouble accessing Western news sites last night, but this morning I haven't had any problems with the above news sites or others, including The Washington Post. Their front-page articles on Tibet are accessible. Youtube is still blocked, though.

I was having intermittent success with the LA times this morning (I actually wanted to look at sports to see news about the Dodgers/Padres games here in Beijing and the Lakers loss to the Rockets)

I'm staying at my friend's upscale apartment here in Beijing and as of 10am this morning had no issues watching CNN and BBC on her television.

It's Yahoo Groups that is blocked, for some reason (organization?) not the portal home page. And Peking Duck's blog is blocked, apparently by keyword trap since it loads partially. And you can no longer make it to the Witopia checkout page.

The Guardian block seems to be the result of keyword filtering rather than an outright block.

I can't get the front page without using a proxy, but if I enter the url for an innocuous page, I can get it no problem. Guess, what the lead story on the first page is.

I've just rechecked The Guardian. So long as I don't try to go to the main page or read anything about Tibet, I can read other stories via RSS.

I did a quick survey of other British newspaper websites, but apart from The Times being a little slow to load, various others I tried appeared without demur.

And of course Wikipedia is not accessible via proxy anymore...

This govt officials should get a life and deal with reality!

Last night (Sunday) I had no problems to see the Dalai Lama's speech on BBC (TV). I live in Beijing Sanlitun (ELV). I also can access Der Spiegel and other German newspapers online.
Even China Daily provides some info and video online. More then in the print media.

Interesting and disappointing to read the reports by Western media - so far.

Luckily I signed up for the Witopia VPN service earlier this morning (thanks Will Moss!) and its working fine.

Plus I have a satellite dish picking up the Philippines feed so no problems with CNN or BBC access. :-)

Once again I have to shake my head at the caveman approach they take in this country to censorship. Foreigners who live here are the ones most likely to understand the challenges and realities of this country ... so why piss them off by blocking websites they use and blacking out CNN when something perceived to be critical of China is shown!!

I'm in Beijing, still unable to access Yahoo's homepage. Must be spotty blocking, perhaps depending on the ISP?

In Shenzhen. I was able to access my MyYahoo homepage this morning, but cannot access it or my Yahoo e-mail now.

The Youtube block really itrritates me because my one year old daughter, whenever she sees me on the computer, wants me to show her nursery rhyme clips. No Itsy Bitsy Spider for her now.

Propaganda and censorship unfortunately are effective. They really do seem to keep the large majority of people on the same page, regurgitating the government line--especially on the stuff the people want to believe in the first place. With the Tibet issue, China's leadership would be fine to see the Olympics and the economy go down in flames--if it were a choice between Tibet and the Olympics/economy. So blocking Yahoo, Youtube etc. is a no-brainer for them.

"Rampage" indeed. Everything was working pretty well in Nanjing this morning (3/17) and I was able to catch up events via all the major news sites. This afternoon -nada- and if sites do open, it's just one click away from a reset connection or a few moments before the crawler thingies catch up.

And yet we can still get your updates, NY Times, South China Morning Post and Hotmail?!?!


Sometimes I really, REALLY wanna grab a handful of greasy, colored black hair on any "official" and ram his face into a brick wall...

Peking Duck being blocked? Finally, the nanny got something right. Well done.

I can access wikipedia via proxy no problem.

Yahoo! Mail has been blocked for most of the day at several locations in Nanjing. Pages from the Washington Post, LA Times, or New York Times would begin to load, then disappear, either immediately or a minute later. If you loaded any page with mention of Tibet (even unintentionally... e.g., a page with Yahoo top news), it appeared (at least to this user) that the Net Nanny was retaliating soon after by blocking all access to the Internet for several minutes.

Hmm... What does Beijing has to hide ? Are Chinese citizens so untrustworthy for knowing what is really going on ?

There is a nice toll featured in ARS and Spiegel which can test if any website is accessible from various Chinese cities: Website Test behind the Great Firewall of China

I don't know about anyone else, but Danwei is possibly being partially affected. For the second day running I've been getting some pop-up appearing in the bottom right-hand corner of my screen (seems to be advertising of some sort, but my Chinese is too limited to read it fluently). I then have to reload Danwei because once the pop-up disappears, the site is "jammed". After that, it's all right.

Mercifully, ICanHazCheezeburger seems to be accessible again.

Oh, and that tool mentioned by George T isn't very sophisticated in its understanding of the mechanics of the 功夫网, because it does not distinguish between different ISPs in China which often have different filtering rules implemented. Just a tip.

WTF,google news is still accessible, except most of the sections are blank...

with a note reads: "Please try again shortly.

We apologize that this section is currently unavailable."

I'm in Beijing.

Strangely enough, the BBC is now accessible in Shanghai without a proxy or VPN.

seems even foreigners are tamed also. why should i put forward any words anymore.
just like saddenchinese said no money no freedom of speech. the oppressed will find some one more oppressed to oppress. i'm at the bottom of the hierarchy.:)

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