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Great Firewall of China

April 02, 2007 @ 22:55 By: gordon Category: General, Seen on the 'net

As you may have heard, China is firewalling sites on the Internet they feel do not conform to their content standards. There’s a website called Great Firewall of China (greatfirewallofchina.org) which allows you to test whether a website is available from inside China. According to that site, my blog is not available from China, which is a bit puzzling. According to something I found on the WordPress dashboard, there are other WordPress-based blogs that appear to be inaccessible. The Great Firewall of China website also says that there could be “technical reasons” why their service can’t confirm a website, rather than Chinese policy blocking access to my blog.

I know some people heading to China in a few weeks. I’ll have to see if one of them can access it from inside China.

7 Responses to “Great Firewall of China”


  1. Squid says:

    My blog is not blocked 🙂 http://www.squidzone.ca

  2. gordon says:

    It may be a WordPress’ism causing their service to fail to be able to connect. Or I’ve pissed off China.  *shrug*

  3. Paul Tomblin says:

    You want irony? Our company’s web proxy blocks access to that site.

  4. Paul Tomblin says:

    BTW: You need to fix your css so that each comment appears on its own row. I put the following in my style.css:

    .gravclear {
    clear:both;
    height:1px;
    overflow:hidden;
    }

    and then in comments.php, after the

    I put a

  5. Paul Tomblin says:

    That should be “<?php comment_text() ?>” and “<div class=”gravclear”></div>”.

  6. gordon says:

    Thanks, Paul. I’ve fiddled with it a bit, but it’s still not 100% correct. I think I’m going to have to overhaul my comments.php altogether to sort it out.

  7. Ken says:

    Neat. My blog is available.



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