Great Firewall of China

Chinese censors’ blunder caused massive internet blackout: US experts

Photo: Reuters

An effort by China’s internet police to block “subversive” sites misfired and caused the massive internet blackout this week, which saw Chinese web traffic diverted to US servers owned by a company that has been critical of the Chinese government, the Washington Post

Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 4:00pm 2 comments

US-funded Lantern program allows Chinese to dodge Great Firewall and view banned websites

Animated rendition of the Lantern interface.

Lantern, a new software programme which allows internet users to circumvent government-imposed censorship, is seeing rapid growth in China as more people are using it to bypass the Great Firewall of China to access websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

5 Dec 2013 - 10:51am 3 comments

Film buffs thrilled after China unblocks IMDB movie database

The popular IMDB website was unblocked by Chinese censors on Wednesday. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s movie fans were thrilled and baffled after finding out on Wednesday that popular movie website IMDB (Internet Movie Database) had been unblocked by censors - an unexpected move many consider a signal that more changes are coming.

7 Mar 2013 - 10:44pm

Iceland's porn ban proposal sparks row over censorship

Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. Photo: Reuters

Anticensorship campaigners have called on Iceland to ditch its proposals to ban pornography online and in print, labelling the plans "an affront to the basic principles of society". 

2 Mar 2013 - 3:35am

'Go to hell!': Father of the Great Fire Wall receives special New Year greetings

Fang Binxing.

On Friday, the first day of the Chinese New Year, University principal Fang Binxing posted a greeting on weibo saying, “All the best to you in the year of the snake” and a poem praising his university. However, the feedback has not been very positive.

The post has been retweeted over 24,000 times, with the most common comments being the Chinese word “gun” or “go to hell” in English.

12 Feb 2013 - 9:14am 1 comment

China internet controls are a step backward

Access to some of the leading VPN services to get around the "Great Firewall" of restrictions have of late been disabled or slowed. Photo: EPA

Those wanting to believe that China's new leaders are sincere about pledges for reform have had their optimism jolted by a further tightening of internet controls. Newly approved rules require users to register with their real names when signing up for access, a phone service or publishing online.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:44pm 1 comment

'Great Firewall of China' upgrade hits VPNs

Women use the internet in a restaurant in Haikou, China. Photo: AFP

Mainland authorities who have long sought to limit access to information have reinforced the so-called Great Firewall of China, internet firms say, frustrating businesses and raising concerns among activists.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:43pm 11 comments

China's internet is open, UK ambassador tells BBC

China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiao Ming, was quizzed by BBC's Newsnight on internet restrictions

China's ambassador to the UK defended the country's internet crackdowns on Friday during an interview with the BBC. He also denied that it was difficult for Chinese bloggers to publish their opinions because of crackdowns on free speech.

22 Dec 2012 - 7:38pm 8 comments

Great Firewall 'upgrade' hits internet users as China prepares crackdown

China's netizens fear the government is strengthening its Great Firewall. Photo: AP

China looks poised to launch another crackdown on its social networks after two newspapers carried editorials defending restrictions on the internet.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:07pm 3 comments