Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Marquette Warrior Banned in China

With a hat tip to Jim Pawlak of Crusader Knight, here is a web site that will test in real time whether a given web site is banned in China.

It’s not perfect, since it apparently can’t distinguish between sites that are actually blocked by the Chinese government, and sites that can’t be gotten because of network problems or an overloaded server.

Still, we are quite happy to find ourselves to be (apparently) blocked.

We doubt they have heard of our little blog, and suspect they have blocked all Blogspot blogs.

(See below, and click on the image for a larger view.)

Some testing shows the Washington Post and Fox News to be available most of the time, which suggests either time-selective blocking (sometimes there is negative news the government wants to suppress) or that the web page is a bit unreliable, giving a fair number of false positives when testing for blocking.

The picture is rather different for the Wikipedia article on the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989. It is blocked solidly and consistently.

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