Net Nanny Follies

Torture the Net Nanny voodo doll

Keso, the king of China's tech bloggers has written a post cursing China's Net Nanny — Great FireWall as Chinese bloggers prefer to call her — for blocking Flickr, translated below:

Fuck the GFW!

In the global Internet, the better the website, the more likely it will get GFWed. This is the sorrow of all Internet users in this country. In the past it has been Google, Blogger, Wikipedia,, Now it's Flick's turn ...


I just have one character to tell those bastards: Fuck!

Keso's blog's sidebar currently features the image reproduced here. The Chinese characters are translated in the caption (clicking on the photo will have the desired effect or you can click here to stick a pin).

Also relevant: the Shanghainese man trying to sue the Net Nanny.

For more on the Flickr filtering, see John Kennedy's post at Global Voices: Flickr filtered.

UPDATE:See also The People Are Angry (a Chinese blog post) and this new anti-GFW blog (also in Chinese): Unofficial website of GFW, with a section that promises weekly updates about blocked sites — Shencha Weekly.

UPDATE 2:Virtual China has reproduced a photo of Keso's 'Fuck GFW' T-shirt, which you can on their site without a proxy, unlike the original hosted on Flickr.

There are currently 9 Comments for Torture the Net Nanny voodo doll.

Comments on Torture the Net Nanny voodo doll

Three cheers for everyone with the guts to take on the Party and use all legal processes to challenge the Party's rejection of freedom of speech and freedom of press. Change takes a long time in China, but come it must. Perseverance is the answer, and the groundswell of protest will grow and grow until the Party has no choice but to listen and respect free speech.

Both and have been banned by China. You will not be able to access those 2 sites from China. I just checked it using

Mahathir fan: I just checked in Beijing -- neither of those websites are blocked.

But even if they were, I do not understand your point.

mahatir_fan doesn't make points, he makes outlandish claims in hopes of...I don't know, getting attention from highly-read blogs like yours. He's been a very persistent little growth on RConversation for as long as I've been reading it, to no avail for him.

So, I've moved to Macau.

I just checked those 2 sites( and again using the and they are still reported by the tool as blocked. It could be that different parts of china has different filters. You can try it using if you do not believe me.

I usually do not make any points but throw out facts and let the reader decide. But since you asked, what prompted me to do the test was to uncover the motive for filtering flickr. Quite naturally, one thinks that the government has something that they do not want people to see on flickr that is anti-government. If that hypothesis is correct, then they shouldn't be blocking any websites that promote communism or an apolitical website that has little relevance like hitler.

If those websites are blocked, then it suggest that it isn't anti-government materials that they wish to block, but they wish to block any materials that fans ideological fanaticism. is useless. It often claims a backout where there is none. is set up by some amateurs in Holland who even managed to have it funded by the Dutch government.

Why are Chinese protestors abusing Flickr for their political issues? They cannot earn much sympathy from all the others that are punished now to be blind and uncreative.

Blind and mad in Beijing,

Interesting comment, but what's your point?

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