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Submission + - Google Bows Down To Chinese Government On Censorship

percyalpha writes: "Sometime between December 5 and December 8 last year, Google made a surprising decision that hasn’t yet been reported. They decided to remove a feature which had previously informed users from China of censored keywords (screenshot). At the same time, they deleted the help article which explained how to use the feature. This latest move was fully controlled by Google and can as such only be described as self-censorship."

Submission + - Blocked websites in China overwhelmed Herdict database 1

percyalpha writes: "Greatfire is a website that automatically monitors Internet censorship in China. Recently, we improved our system to share all testing data with Herdict, a project at Harvard University on Internet blockages. User reports on Herdict of websites inaccessible in China are automatically imported into our system, and our data of websites blocked in China is also exported into the Herdict database. If you ever explore the first ten pages of herdict database, chances are all block reports are from China and imported from our system."

Submission + - China Telecom users can't access foreign websites for 20 minutes 3

percyalpha writes: "China Telecom users can't access any foreign website from about 10:20 A.M to 10:40 A.M BeiJing time On July 27. Other ISP such as Unicom are not affected.
This is a ping record to Google around that time. The outrage lasted shorter than
the one happen on April this year. However, users could no longer use minor VPN providers to circumvent the block as they did last time."

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