[Foundation-l] Wikipedia still partly blocked on mainland China

Andrew Lih andrew.lih at gmail.com
Sat Jul 12 01:01:58 UTC 2008

On Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 6:30 AM, Jussi-Ville Heiskanen
<cimonavaro at gmail.com> wrote:
> Andrew Lih wrote:
>> Hi Oscar,
>> It's pretty much well known to folks using the Internet in China that
>> any site, not just Wikipedia, is subject to blocking if the page
>> contains sensitive keywords, so not sure there is much WP community
>> can do other than to just chug along. At least this is a lot better
>> than just last year when it was all blocked
>> -Andrew (User:Fuzheado)
> Heh,...
> 1. Do we know what these sensitive keywords are?

Generally what is dubbed 3T1F : Tiananmen, Tibet and Taiwan
independence, Falungong. You had the weird/amusing case of last week's
(good) news of cross-strait direct China-Taiwan flights being stopped
by the Great Firewall because the Chinese words for "cross-strait"
triggered blocks. Such is the problem with simple keyword blocking.

> 2. Any point in munging them during the olympics?

Not particularly, as most reporters hopefully will have access to some
type of VPN. I've given some talks to the journalist groups here about

> 3. Would it make any difference in the long run?

When one controls the hardware routers between your browser and the
web sites, that's where most of the power lies. Technical means can
only do so much in the long run.

-Andrew (User:Fuzheado)

> Yours,
> Jussi-Ville Heiskanen
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