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[liberationtech] China just blocked Google.com
greatfire at greatfire.org
Sat Nov 10 09:22:38 PST 2012
Google unblocked again - was it a mistake or a test?
Adam - you can test Google Talk and any URL at https://en.greatfire.org
On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM, Adam Fisk <afisk at bravenewsoftware.org>wrote:
> Thanks Martin. Do you know if Google Talk is still accessible (
> On Friday, November 9, 2012, Martin Johnson wrote:
>> Today, Nov 9, 2012, http://www.google.com was blocked in China. It's the
>> first time since we started tracking online censorship in China in February
>> last year that this has happened. Here's what we know:
>> - The subdomains www.google.com, mail.google.com, google-analytics.com,
>> docs.google.com, drive.google.com, maps.google.com, play.google.comand perhaps many more are all currently DNS poisoned in China. Instead of
>> the real IP addresses, any lookups from China to any of these domains
>> result in the following IP: 126.96.36.199. That IP address is located in
>> Korea and doesn't serve any website at all.
>> - This means that none of these websites, including Google Search,
>> currently work in China, unless you have a VPN or other cirumvention tool.
>> - Using a DNS server outside of China doesn't help. A lookup of
>> www.google.com to 188.8.131.52 is also distorted, by the Great Firewall.
>> - So far you can still access other country versions of Google such
>> as www.google.co.uk.
>> You can see an overview of different Google sites here:
>> https://en.greatfire.org/search/google-sites. You can choose any of them
>> and test them in real time to stay updated.
>> Affecting more users than ever
>> Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were all blocked before they attracted more
>> than a small number of users in China. We've argued before that the
>> authorities didn't dare to fully block GMail since it has too many users
>> already. Fully blocking Google goes much further. Google Search is only the
>> second search engine in China (after Baidu) but with an online population
>> of more than 500 million that still leaves it with many millions of daily
>> users. According to Alexa, it's the Top 5 most used website in China. Never
>> before have so many people been affected by a decision to block a website.
>> If Google stays blocked, many more people in China will become aware of the
>> extent of censorship. How will they react? Will there be protests? Check
>> out reactions by Weibo users on FreeWeibo.
>> Temporary or permanent?
>> The Communist Party of China is currently holding its 18th Party Congress
>> in which new leaders of the party and the country are formally chosen. The
>> fact that Google is blocked now is surely no coincidence. The big question
>> is whether it will be unblocked again once the congress is over. We will
>> closely monitor developments.
>> By the way.. Analytics
>> The fact that http://www.google-analytics.com is blocked doesn't just
>> mean that you can't access the web interface in China. It means that visits
>> by Chinese users won't be tracked by Google anymore. Foreign websites using
>> Google Analytics to track their visitors will currently track 0 users
>> coming from China, whether or not their website itself is blocked.
>> What to do?
>> Many VPNs and other circumvention tools have been working poorly or not
>> at all in the last few days. The free iPhone app OpenDoor is still working,
>> though it has also suffered glitches recently. Another method of accessing
>> Google Search is to use one of their other country versions such as
>> www.google.co.uk or www.google.ca. These may also be blocked of course.
>> You can also access Google directly using one of their IP addresses.
>> These don't appear to be blocked (yet). Here are some:
>> From: https://en.greatfire.org/blog/2012/nov/googlecom-blocked-china
>> Martin Johnson
>> https://FreeWeibo.com - Uncensored, Anonymous Sina Weibo Search.
>> https://GreatFire.org - Monitoring Online Censorship In China.
>> https://Unblock.cn.com - We Can Unblock Your Website In China.
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