The Will of Heaven Once Again Confuses the CCP!

UPDATE

As of 3.30AM Beijing time, GFW is back to normal. YouTube is no longer accessible from behind the Wall. Party is over.

As I am writing this blog post, millions of netizens in China are celebrating the unblocking of their favourite websites, including Youtube, Picasa, Bloggers, etc.  Many of these sites have been blocked since late 2008 as a part of a Chinese government sanctioned anti-vulgarity campaign.

Messages posted on Twitters suggest that blockages to Internet access have been lifted in Dalian, Changchun, Wuhan, Chongqing, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Beijing and Guangzhou.

It is not clear why or to what extent the blockage has been lifted.  Some said that it was due to some telecom cables being damaged in the snow storms. Others warned that this unblocking on some ISPs was caused by GFW upgrading or undergoing maintenance, and should not be regarded as real unblocking. In any case, most Chinese netizens are taking this as a New Years gift and many of them are now busy uploading and/or downloading videos and photographs that are normally banned by the censors.

But Ivan, our co-blogger and present house guest who knows a few thing about astrology, maintains that recent events are typical of Mercury retrograde. “The will of Heaven is, once again, playing tricks on those who are transgressing their authority to rule.”

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10 Responses to The Will of Heaven Once Again Confuses the CCP!

  1. Pingback: ChinaGeeks » The Death of the GFW? (Probably Not)

  2. Mickey2010 says:

    Everything is still blocked in Dalian!

  3. C.A. Yeung says:

    Mickey 2010, it wasn’t last night, for more than 5 hours. You have missed the party.

  4. Pingback: Global Voices Online » China: Unblocking and blocking

  5. Joe Unlie says:

    Really folks, ExpressVPN is only $10 a month… why people take the “great firewall” so seriously, when it’s so easily bypassed, is beyond me…

  6. justrecently says:

    It isn’t really that easy to bypass, at least not for Chinese readers. I’ve been told by a China resident that it took him to come across usejump before being able to access my blog again, after quite some time. And he’s quite computer-savvy.
    Outside China, or among expats, it may appear easy to bypass the “great firewall” – for less informed Chinese citizens, it doesn’t appear to be that easy. To make the GFW an issue is warranted. The way it is coming and going also says a lot about the CCP’s priorities – and its mindset.

  7. Joe Unlie says:

    Again, all they need to do is go to expressVPN. It’s $12 a month. I used to pay $50 a month for my internet back in the states 10 years ago, so it doesn’t seem like that big a deal…

  8. Joe Unlie says:

    Not to mention, people seem to be figuring it out. Most of my Shanghai friends have been back on Facebook as of late, so word seems to be spreading. (I have a feeling that some of these services, especially ExpressVPN, may be paying some hefty bribes to stay working… so it’s basically a form of indirect bribery. But it does have other advantages as well- my credit card and passwords are much more secure going through their proxies than they would be on public servers.)

  9. justrecently says:

    I guess you haven’t read my comment above, Joe.

  10. Joe Unlie says:

    Um, I read your comment and I was replying to it.

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