Jan 21 2008


Published by at 8:33 pm under Censorship

Today I noticed that we haven’t had any visitors from China since January 17th.  I assumed the worst – that the blog is blocked by the infamous great firewall.  I checked out http://www.websitepulse.com/help/testtools.china-test.html and thedarkvisitor.com does indeed appear to be blocked by URL filters.  The DNS name resolves correctly but the web request is never answered.  Censorship in the PRC is decentralized but our site appears to be blocked in all of the cities that this test is available for.  I will be conducting some more testing using TOR later this evening.  I’m not sure I understand why the site would have been blocked since it is not the least bit critical of the CCP or the PRC government and we don’t have any posts about taboo subjects.  There are a couple of posts that make light of Taiwan independence but I wouldn’t guess that would be enough to cause someone to recommend the site be blocked at a national level.  I would be very interested in hearing any readers’ thoughts on this issue of censorship in China.   UPDATE - I used a number of open proxies in China and all returned a 404 when thedarkvisitor.com was requested while other US websites loaded fine.

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  1. Eastwoodon 21 Jan 2008 at 10:31 pm

    That’s too bad.

    My blog’s also blocked. I suspect that it isn’t the content of a particular website that’s causing the censorship, but rather, the content of the host server.

    according to myipneighbours.com:

    thedarkvisitor.com has the IP address:
    695 found with the IP

    I bet at least one of the 695 sites that this blog’s sharing hosting with has something on it that the PRC doesn’t like very much. Once this single ip’s blocked, all other sites suffer with it :(

    an alternative solution would be to be a dedicated ip, which would cost about $30 a year.

  2. Heikeon 21 Jan 2008 at 11:40 pm


    What are you out of your mind! I say we root aroud those 695 sites, find the offending party and boot ‘em…then send a note to the PRC telling them the issue is resolved. :)

    Fine, I’ll pony up the 30 bucks and see if that helps.

    On the other hand, I’m also sending a note to the Chinese “Anti-Fans” telling them about a certain Sax player. :)

  3. Eastwoodon 21 Jan 2008 at 11:59 pm

    hahaa sounds good

  4. jumperon 22 Jan 2008 at 8:10 am