Data Strategy

August 29, 2007

My blog is censored in China :(

Filed under: Uncategorized — chucklam @ 5:10 pm

I thought posting would be light while I was traveling in China. I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be able to access my blog at all. At first I thought my blog was so important that the Chinese government went out of their way to block it, but it turned out that I just couldn’t access anything on wordpress.com. I didn’t get a 404 but the connection just timed out. It was a similar experience trying to get to wikipedia.com.

I know the locals have special browsers and software to tunnel around and gain access to these “forbidden” sites. I wasn’t motivated enough (and I didn’t speak enough Mandarin) to figure it all out. Besides, I was already able to read all the blogs that I regularly follow, as I normally use Yahoo’s RSS Reader, which functions as a proxy. I had no problem accessing any of the American news sites (e.g. NYT, WSJ) either, as they were not blocked.

At any rate, I’m back and will start posting regularly again.

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