A mainland political blogger tells all

A great little article in Wired magazine by Chinese blogger “Wozy Yin” tells of the never-ending game of “cat and mouse” played by activist bloggers and the brave censors who live to persecute and silence them.

Soon after my initial tribute to Zhao Ziyang disappeared, I moved to TypePad. At the end of June, however, the authorities blocked all TypePad blogs, regardless of content. Even after they relaxed the ban, they continued to block my page. So I switched to WordPress, an open source blogging platform. That gave me total control over my archive of posts, making it easier to move from server to server. I went to Weblogs.us, but got shut down there. Then I tried the virtual hosting service GoDaddy.com, but got swatted again. Then Budget CMS – same thing. Finally I realized that my domain name itself, wozy.net, was blocked. Recently I registered a new domain. That’s working so far, but I don’t know how long it will last.

Not all Chinese bloggers are comfortable with the censorship and the blocking of keywords. Not all of them are apolitical and in awe of their government’s blinding successes. Go read it.

Also from CDT, an invaluable resource.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Just one block is all it will take for an aspiring but not sooo political person to give up. That is why the censorhip system works so well. That and you can’t even type certain words into Spaces or even a text message.

November 2, 2005 @ 4:08 am | Comment

I don’t know what they’re up to, but it seems pretty hyper lately. I can’t even get to my own blog today, even with the tools I used to get here. And I’m certainly not one of the “bold” ones.

November 2, 2005 @ 8:54 am | Comment

Sam, did you try using the tools I sent you a couple of months ago?

November 2, 2005 @ 10:32 am | Comment

firewall evasion

Via CDT and PKD, both of which were bri

November 3, 2005 @ 5:41 am | Comment

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