[Foundation-l] Fwd: [Wikipedia-l] GFW upgrade block level for Wikipedia

roc sdnyroc at gmail.com
Tue Aug 8 11:31:02 UTC 2006

According to several Wikipedians living in Mainland China (excluding
Hong Kong and Macao), the GFW block on Wikimedia has been upgraded to
a new a level, it seems that:

* Official Wikimedia proxies are blocked;
* "zh.wikipedia.org" becomes a URL-level keyword for GFW.

The upgrade was noticed and reported as early as August 7, 2006 9:30 UTC.

This upgrade coincided with a Beijing News (新京報) report on Wikipedia.

Sources cited: the forwarded message below (in English), and a
discussion at zh_wikipedia at googlegroups (in Chinese).

More information should be available.

Please feel free to post messages in Chinese on this discussion
thread, they will be translated into English. (本討論線中的中文信件會被翻譯為英文.)

If it is not appropriate to discuss this matter in public here, we may
continue the discussion in private methods, please advise.

Best regards and wishes.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: mingli yuan <mingli.yuan at gmail.com>
Date: 2006/8/8 上午 12:52
Subject: [Wikipedia-l] GFW upgrade block level for Wikipedia
To: wikipedia-l at wikimedia.org

After a report from Xinjingbao(The Beijing News,
http://www.thebeijingnews.com/ ) on Wikipedia, yesterday afternoon the Great
firewall of Chinese government upgrades its block level for Wikipedia. Today
many Wikipedia users in China report that they can not access Wikipedia via
the official proxy provides by MediaWiki Fundation.

This is a another bad news for Mainland Chinese Wikipedians again. Seems
hopeless for them.
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