Can't access Wikipedia in China
Thread poster: Angeliki Lyviaki

Angeliki Lyviaki  Identity Verified
Greece
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Jul 26, 2006

Hello Prozians! Does anybody know what's the case with the English-language Wikipedia in China? At first I thought it was due to a busy network (especially in the evening). Then I realized there is no possible way to access any Wikipedia page, cached or not, no matter which browser I use or what time I use it. Has it been banned or is it only me?

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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
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Yeia sou, Angeliki Jul 26, 2006

According to Wikipedia, it is one of of the sites that are censored by the "Great Firewall of China" because they host user content.

Next time you're back in Greece or the UK, you can read about it at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_China#Censored_Content

Filika

Giles

[Edited at 2006-07-26 10:19]


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Angeliki Lyviaki  Identity Verified
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Wikipedia in China Jul 27, 2006

Hi Giles,

I suspected that. I suppose I'll have to do without it then. Many thanks for your answer.

Saluti!


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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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Article about overcoming the Great Firewall Jul 28, 2006

"Computer experts from the University of Cambridge claim not only to have breached the Great Firewall of China, but have found a way to use the firewall to launch denial-of-service attacks against specific Internet Protocol addresses in the country."
This is the article:
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,39372326,00.htm
that I found by following a link from the Wikipedia page pointed to by Giles, and unavailable to Angeliki.
It mentions a test that contained the word f-a-l-u-n (without the dashes) in the data packets they sent to the Firewall, and therefore this article itself may also be rejected by the censorship process. To summarise their finding:
Richard Clayton of the University of Cambridge computer laboratory said: "If you drop all the reset packets at both ends of the connection, which is relatively trivial to do, the Web page is transferred just fine."
Unless you're a technical expert in Internet message-routing matters, you probably can't actually do this, but it does give some hope that the censorship may be, at least temporarily, defeated in the near future.
Oliver


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Angeliki Lyviaki  Identity Verified
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Accessing Wikipedia in China Jul 29, 2006

Luckily I did access this last article. I'm certainly not a message routing expert, however I got the main point and it's encouraging. If only they haven't told them already... but I guess they would have found out anyway.

Regards


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