The San Fransisco Chronicle is reporting that Flickr.com, a popular photo repository site that I use, is now being blocked in China:
“The blocking, which began Thursday, is keeping Internet users across a large part of China from viewing photos on Flickr, home to millions of snapshots of everything from birthday parties to beach vacations to nudes.”
As many of you know, I just got back from a 12-day vacation in China on Monday, June 4. During that time, I took and uploaded nearly 2,000 photos to Flickr; uploading most of them from within my hotel room in China each evening.
Internet censorship in the People’s Republic of China, sadly, is becoming more common. While visiting, I tried to access the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and found it to be blocked.
Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman maintain a database of websites confirmed to be inaccessible within China and greatfirewallofchina.org lets you test if a site is blocked. I guess now they will have to add Flickr.com.