Blogspot blocked again in China?

Is this true throughout the country or is it perhaps just a local phenomenon? Can you access blogspot blogs where you are?

Never get your hopes raised too high when it seems the party is loosening up. I’ve done it many, many, many times, and usually end up disappointed.

Update: IT headaches continue. If you can’t comment here, go to the above link and comment in the forum. Thanks.

The Discussion: 15 Comments

Haven’t managed to log on without a proxy for the past three days.

October 27, 2006 @ 9:23 pm | Comment

Mine died a couple of days ago as well. It’d be interesting to see a list of blogs created during the window… was it a test to see what would happen? Or did someone accidentally hit the off switch and not notice for a while?

October 28, 2006 @ 3:22 am | Comment

I can’t access blogspot in the States either. Must be something on their end.

October 28, 2006 @ 3:35 am | Comment

It looks like they have been having trouble keeping their service up and running.

October 28, 2006 @ 5:44 am | Comment

As I said in the forum, for the past three or 4 days, blogspot has been on again/off again, but usually within a few hours I’ve been able to access all their sites. There was never more than a few hours that they weren’t available, and with many of their sites there was no problem at all. And that problem ended altogether (for me, at least) a day ago. Now there’s no problem – if they’re all still inacessible in China, I suspect the block is back.

October 28, 2006 @ 11:57 am | Comment

With simple proxy like Anonymouse: Yay.
Without proxy: Nay.

October 28, 2006 @ 12:20 pm | Comment

I posted this over in the pond, but I thought it worth repeating here.

I know blogspot can be unpredictable but I think this is more than that. The last few nights I’ve been on MSN and had a friend in Shanghai check out blogspot sites there while I did the same from the US at roughly the same moment. The result: for the last three nights I could pull up the sites here but he couldn’t from Shanghai.

My site is also on blogspot and according to my activity log, I’m getting traffic from everywhere, without interruption, except China. All my China hits are coming through PKblogs or Anonymouse, etc.

October 28, 2006 @ 12:28 pm | Comment

No, it’s definitely blocked. Simple proxy avoids it.

Wikipedia’s still unblocked though, yay!

October 28, 2006 @ 1:34 pm | Comment

Blocked since Wednesday.

October 28, 2006 @ 1:38 pm | Comment

Not a 100% related, but …
I’ve been meaning to drop by a note for quite some time and let you know that for some reason your (Taiwan based, right?) blog is not accessible from Israel (I’m using a proxy now). I can’t imagine why –
This is what we get :

You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Apache/1.3.34 Server at Port 80

Strange stuff…

October 28, 2006 @ 3:32 pm | Comment

Strangely enough, Jeremiah, when I was having trouble accessing Atrios and nearly every other blogspot blog on my blogroll — I kept getting 500 errors — I never once had trouble accessing your site. Strange. Meanwhile, I think it’s obvious now that the block is coming from China and not from blogspot. Users in China aren’t getting the 500 error, just the usual unable to find server window(or whatever it says when you reach a site blocked by the cybernanny).

Fili, this site has been plagued with IT problems for the past week. I have paid an IT specialist to repair things, and she then vanished on me. I’m trying to pin her down and until I find her there’s not much I can do.

October 28, 2006 @ 5:31 pm | Comment

Incidentally, if I haven’t plugged it before, I recommend ‘Tor,’ a P2P-based proxy put out by the EFF. They’ve got an installer package that should care of settings things up (it also requires the free Privoxy software — this being open-source software, it’s a bit less simple than it could stand to be), and if you’re using Firefox, there’s a plugin called Torbutton that will let you toggle Tor on and off as necessary. It’s generally pretty fast, and it will get you to anywhere you need to go online. I tend to use it a bit more than Anonymouse, even though by this point I’ve got the Anonymouse proxification URL stub memorized and on a hotkey.

October 28, 2006 @ 7:17 pm | Comment

Yeah, this fits. Both of my Blogspot blogs are blocked here in Beijing. I can get to them using Anonymouse but that’s it. Hey ho… Any ideas about how to get around it from a Mac (OSX 10.4.8)?? I’ve never had to do anything like this before.

October 29, 2006 @ 12:42 pm | Comment

You may want to post this question in the Duckpond, Caspar. Email me if you want to register.

October 29, 2006 @ 1:58 pm | Comment

Caspar: There’s a Tor installer bundle for Mac that’s pretty transparent. I use it at home, and it works great.

October 29, 2006 @ 3:54 pm | Comment

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