Net Nanny Follies
Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 5:20 PM
Update (2009.06.08): Twitter is now accessible on the mainland.
And... there we have it.
Michael Anti was right after all:
The block seems to be a URL keyword filter. Googling for "twitter.com" resets the connection, as does including the string "twitter.com" in any other URL. Access to the service is fine through proxy or VPN.
Update: It seems that photo sharing website Flickr.com has been blocked.
Update 2: Bing.com (the new Microsoft search engine) is gone too, probably for autoplaying Youtube videos when you put your mouse over them.
Update 3: Live.com and Hotmail.com have gone under. But MSN messenger seems fine.
Blogspot and Youtube remain blocked.
Update 03.06.09: Hotmail.com is back, but Live.com is still be having problems loading.
For the latest updates on the state of Twitter and other net destinations, please go to Danwei's Net Nanny Follies category
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Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
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+ David Moser on Mao impersonators (2004.10): I first became aware of this phenomenon in 1992 when I turned on a Beijing TV variety show and was jolted by the sight of "Mao Zedong" and "Zhou Enlai" playing a game of ping pong. They both gave short, rousing speeches, and then were reverently interviewed by the emcee, who thanked them profusely for taking time off from their governmental duties to appear on the show.