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China Blocks Wired.com With 'Great Firewall'

January 11, 2010

By Ryan Singel

www.wired.com - January 9, 2010

Chinese authorities have begun blocking Chinese internet users from reading
Wired.com, according to a report from the Examiner.

Internet users from Beijing to Shanghai found the site inaccessible starting
Friday, reports Glenn Loveland, the Examiner's Beijing correspondent. The
block adds Wired.com to a long list of sites that are or have been
considered too dangerous for Chinese net users.

Current blacklist members and alumni include YouTube, Facebook, the BBC,
Wikipedia, Google and most recently, IMDB, an encyclopedic movie information
site. China's censorship of the net is in constant flux, aided by sets of
powerful firewalls marketed to the Communist government by Western
technology companies.

We're not sure if we are supposed to give an acceptance speech or file an
official complaint in triplicate at the Ministry of Proper Online Thought.

Wired.com was not notified of the block and has not been able to confirm it
independently. If you are based in China, we'd appreciate you letting us
know in the comments or by e-mail if you can't load the site without having
to use a proxy or censorship evasion tools like Tor. Another easy way to
report this block or others is to use the Berkman Center's Herdict tool.

Wired.com editors are hard at work trying to figure out what we did to earn
a spot on the blacklist. Was it our wall-to-wall CES coverage? Or was it
Wired.com's critical coverage of Chinese internet censorship?

Wired.com is the online affiliate of Wired magazine. Both are owned by Condé
Nast, a privately held publishing company based in New York that also
publishes Vanity Fair, GQ and The New Yorker, among other titles.
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