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[liberationtech] Uncensored Sina Weibo Search

Amin Sabeti aminsabeti at
Sat Oct 13 07:18:15 PDT 2012


The idea is so interesting and I like it.

Thanks to share it.


On 13 October 2012 06:53, Martin Johnson <greatfire at> wrote:

> As you know, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc are all blocked in China.
> Hundreds of millions of Chinese netizens use local microblogs, but these
> are all subject to strict self-censorship rules. The biggest one is Sina
> Weibo. We've identified more than 2000 keywords that users are not allowed
> to search for ( But what
> if you could indeed search for these? What would you find?
> We've just created an uncensored version of Weibo Search:
> We mix the latest results (for keywords that
> aren't blocked) with cached results coming from the WeiboScope project as
> well as our own database. All in all, you can now find results for most
> keywords that you can't search for on Sina Weibo's official search.
> We put the website up on Thursday this week. Yesterday, TechInAsia wrote
> about our service (
> as well as Solidot (
> We got
> 1000+ visits in the first full day of existence, most of them from
> China. It's probably just a question of time before the site is blocked
> here, but we can always put up mirror sites.
> Your comments and ideas are much appreciated.
> --
> Best
> Martin Johnson
> ---
> - Bringing Transparency To The Great Firewall Of
> China.
> @GreatFireChina (Twitter)
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