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increased internet blockage at universities?


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#1 share Gus

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 12:53 PM

So I go to Beijing Normal University and the internet has been severely messed up for the past two weeks. For the first week almost all non-Chinese websites became inaccessible, but only during working hours. Then it worked for a whole day, then it didn't work for a whole day, now it seems to go on and off every 15 minutes or so. VPNs also won't connect while this is happening. A few days ago a notice was posted by the BNU information center which basically said "we know about the problem, it's not our fault, it seems like some 运营商 (internet authorities?) have blocked access to foreign websites and VPNs at several universities, please all students don't use any VPNs or attempt to visit any 'illegal' websites." But I haven't heard anyone else besides BNU students complaining about it.

Is anyone at any other university in Beijing or elsewhere experiencing restricted access to non-Chinese websites/VPNs?
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#2 share gato

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:13 PM

You anti-Commie revolutionaries.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:16 PM

运营商 (internet authorities?)

Operator, which in this context refers to the Telecom Operator.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:33 PM

Seems kind of like the CSC scholarship -- only the center knows what's going on, and even with them I have my doubts...
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:38 PM

Tons of ‘illegal websites’ can’t be accessed from here at Hainan University. This is really irritating because I need to use Google and its Gmail all the time.

方滨兴, dubbed Father of China's Great Firewall, was attacked by flying eggs and shoes from students when he was giving a speech at Wuhan University yesterday. I checked the media coverage of that incident just now but found some had been deleted.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:48 PM

Operator, which in this context refers to the Telecom Operator.

Which is owned by the government. ;)
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:41 PM

This article from the guardian states the problem quite well.

http://www.guardian....art-of-comments

I work in an office in Shanghai and we have all been having the same problems.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 06:16 PM

方滨兴, dubbed Father of China's Great Firewall, was attacked by flying eggs and shoes from students when he was giving a speech at Wuhan University yesterday. I checked the media coverage of that incident just now but found some had been deleted.


From the NYTimes:

Chinese Student Takes Aim, Literally, at Internet Regulator

BEIJING — The authorities are seeking a college student who sneaked into a lecture hall at one of China’s most prestigious universities on Thursday and tossed eggs and shoes at a computer scientist both lionized and reviled as the architect of China’s strict Internet controls.


(offtopic) "sneaked"? not snuck?
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:18 PM

I need to use Google and its Gmail all the time.

I am curious, why do you choose gmail? I assume that gmail having problems on the mainland is just "normal", no? Why don't you choose sina or other local service?
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:31 PM

Some Chinese news reports on 方滨兴:

北京郵電大學校長方濱興在武大演講被扔鞋

中評社北京5月20日電/北方郵電大學校長方濱興昨日前往武漢大學參加一項學術活動的消息在微博迅速傳開。有網民發帖稱“下午方濱興將出現在武漢大學計算機學院B座4樓”,很快一項“隨手扔方校長解救中國互聯網”的懸賞活動展開,扔中方濱興的懸賞起初是10個VPN賬號,隨後又有淘寶網2000元訂單、香港大餐、蘇州園林套票,甚至美女香吻擁抱。不過,武漢大學官網卻沒有任何關於此事的消息。

《雲南信息報》報道,下午,來自微博尚未證實的消息稱,現場有人向方濱興投擲雞蛋未中,繼而脫下鞋子,“第一支鞋打中了,第二只鞋被一男一女護住了”。微博稱現場發生衝突,有十餘人追出,準備抓住扔鞋的抗議者,但在學生的阻攔中,抗議者離開了現場。

網曝北京郵電大學校長方濱興在武大演講被扔鞋
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:16 PM

I've been having Gmail problems for months now (without VPN it's a nightmare, so I now have several VPNs). It wouldn't be quite so annoying if my university in the U.S. hadn't decided last year to merge all of its mail services into a Gmail platform in order to outsource its own IT infrastructure. Now, whether I want it or not, I'm stuck with Gmail.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:27 PM

All local mainland email providers censor their users' incoming emails for political content. The sender might get a return message, but sometimes the emails are rejected quietly without any indication to the sender that the email has been rejected.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:20 PM

Right now virtually all foreign websites are blocked at Renda.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:22 PM

Same here, a private apartment in Shanghai.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 11:35 PM

This describes my experience in Chengdu exactly. Spotty access to Gmail is making life difficult. I have 2 VPNs but lately they're unreliable.
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:03 AM

Here at BJUT I have not noticed any sites being blocked, aside from the usuals(wikipedia, youtube, imdb).

Google Gmail works fine, Tor even works as long as I use a bridge.
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:56 AM

Usual foreign websites (in my case, these are Wikipedia and Google) are still accessible here in SYSU. Google Docs though doesn't load, and Gmail is slow. Yahoo! Mail runs okay. CNN is accessible, but videos are blocked.

Although the websites are accessible, I apparently can't upload pictures to Wikipedia. :cry:
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 02:12 AM

Severe blocking of foreign websites here at Nanjing Normal University. Every site that's not Chinese is blocked -- even this site is only intermittently accessible through F*G. Can someone please tell them I'm not trying to organize a r.e.v.olution?
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 08:44 AM

For about a week there I was having serious problems with my connection with my VPN cutting out almost every hour. Though, I haven't had any issues the last few days, but I also live just outside Renmin University.
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 01:22 PM

What I've never understood is how China cannot block access to the actual VPN / the websites which advertise or own the VPN, thereby preventing people from purchasing access to them and getting the details about them.
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