Lost Lowai reports that, the wishful thinking of Olympic officials notwithstanding, The Great Firewall of China has been made thicker and longer than ever in the months since the Beijing games. Steven, a regular Lowai contributor, reports that these social networking sites are among the many sites now blocked in China:
Bit.ly (URL shortening service)
Google Documents (in and out)
Google: image search results (frequent re-set connections)
Google: Picasa albums (log-in appears but images blocked)
Post.ly (URL shortening service)
Twitter and related tools
- TwitterGadget (iGoogle)
Wordpress free blogs
In-and-out censorship of photo sites like Flickr continues, of course, as does the blocking of BBC news stories, rights sites (Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International, Human Rights in China, Free Tibet), and sites with the .tw national extension.
A writer in China recently remarked that the country no longer has the Internet; it has LAN. 'An apt description,' says Steven, 'of how insular and freaky it’s getting.'