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Lightstalkers Blocked in China?

I’m just back from five days in the PRC, shooting a project. While there I was unable connect with Lightstalkers. I assume it was being officially blocked, as is Facebook, Twitter and a lot of other US “social networking” sites. Is that others’ experience as well?

by Neal Jackson at 2012-08-11 22:41:11 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Well, you know what a dangerous bunch of subversives hang out at this site.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 12 Aug 2012 17:08 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve heard that my personal website is blocked in China – not sure if
there’s a connection, I’d be more inclined to think it’s getting
blocked under a broad net as Neal mentioned. I’ve also found Lightstalkers
blocked on some US military networks.

Michael Anti gave an interesting talk in Edinburgh recently about Chinese internet control that’s worth watching:

by teru kuwayama | 12 Aug 2012 18:08 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Fascinating talk. Speaks volumes about the culture of China, and also about differences in emerging global web culture. Thanks, Teru.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 12 Aug 2012 18:08 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
Next time set up a VPN before you go (www.astrill.com)

by James Colburn | 13 Aug 2012 02:08 | Omaha, Nebraska, United States | | Report spam→
Yes it is blocked.I can only access via a proxy server.

by Phil Behan | 13 Aug 2012 06:08 | Hong Kong, Hong Kong | | Report spam→
Very nice speech, thank you for posting this.

by Austin Dudley | 13 Aug 2012 19:08 | washington, United States | | Report spam→
It does kind of raise the question, though, of whether there is a clone of Lightstalkers in Chinese. What a strange thought.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 13 Aug 2012 22:08 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
There are a bunch of Chinese clone sites for FB, Google, and others (which allow the government to monitor/control the sites), but I’ll bet you a bottle of Old Monk Punjabi rum that they ain’t got no Lightstalkers!

by Neal Jackson | 16 Aug 2012 23:08 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Has anybody tried using the Tor network to get to all of the usual websites we use in the US or Europe that are blocked in China?

by Jared Angle | 18 Aug 2012 02:08 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I’m still not sure how or what is blocked in China. My ex is from Singapore, but has been living in Shanghai for two years now with her husband who is a German national working for a Sheraton as an executive chef. She has had full access to Facebook and Skype the entire time. Pinging her IP while in chat comes up with the hotel, so I’m not sure if they have some sort of crazy proxy or what going on there.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 18 Aug 2012 03:08 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
I have been in China till last January, and I got problems to connect to LT just sometimes. As long as I know LT shouldn’t be blocked in PRC just a bit slow.

by Mattia Marinolli | 21 Aug 2012 14:08 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
It seemed that some sights were being slowed down (perhaps) in China, I suspect deliberately. For example, Google (which competes with a government-controlled search engine site) was definitely slower some days.

I did some checking when I got back and it seems the secret to Internet access in countries where there is selective blockage is a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This seems to be better than a proxy server, as proxy websites can be identified and blocked more easily. Google it and you can find a number of them. Usually there is a fee (in the range of $20 a month). The good news is that one can get the VPN for a month only, so a short-term visitor doesn’t have to commit to a long subscription.

I’m going to post another interesting China data communications question here on LS to avoid diluting this one.

by Neal Jackson | 21 Aug 2012 16:08 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→

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