GreatFire.org unblocks BBC Chinese

GreatFire's first project, released in 2011, was this website, Analyzer. The site has not changed much over the years until this year! We'd like to invite you to try the new Analyzer - now called Blocky. Please let us know what you think by sending an email to support@greatfire.org.

We are delighted to announce that GreatFire.org is now delivering uncensored, Chinese-language information from the BBC to Chinese netizens behind the great firewall.

The BBC’s Chinese language news website was blocked in China shortly after its launch. Users in China have been able to access content using VPNs. The BBC has also recommended the Psiphon app as a circumvention tool.

The Greatfire.org initiative, with the BBC’s support, makes the content available to users who just want the content to work, without needing special tools.

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 14.14.11.png

This initiative coincides with the run up to the local elections in Taiwan. This gives Chinese netizens a rare opportunity to glimpse how their cross straits cousins elect local officials in a transparent and open democratic process.

BBC Chinese is providing unique coverage of the elections with detailed candidate profiles and in-depth analysis. If you want to know what makes people stand for office in Taiwan and how they become a candidate this is the site to read. If you want to understand more about the democratic processes and the impact, both locally and nationally that the newly elected councillors can have, look no further.

Few foreign media properties produce Chinese-language content for audiences in China. This is largely due to the high likelihood of this content being blocked by the Chinese authorities. Sadly, the actions of the Chinese censors have dissuaded other foreign media from launching their own Chinese-language products.

As a result, Chinese netizens are left with fewer options when it comes to reading Chinese-language news sources other than the state-sanctioned media. Among foreign media outlets with Chinese-language properties, the Chinese Wall Street Journal and the Chinese New York Times are both blocked. The Chinese Financial Times and Reuters Chinese see selected sensitive stories blocked by the great firewall.

Many people in China are now fluent in English and the blocking of English-language international news websites has become more common. However, the BBC’s English news site has largely been available to Chinese internet users, despite a recent disruption in service. The image below shows the past availability of BBC Chinese in China (red indicates the site is blocked).

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 17.21.50.png

GreatFire.org will be using its “collateral freedom” method of unblocking websites in China, leveraging global content delivery networks (CDNs) to host a mirror website for the BBC’s Chinese-language content.

Users who want to access a range of international news sources in Chinese, including the BBC, can also download the Psiphon app by sending an email to zhongwen@psiphon3.com. Web addresses for the unblocked BBC content can be found via GreatFire.org's Github page.

Comments

More Blog Posts

Subscribe to our mailing list
Show content from Blog | Google+ | Twitter | All. Subscribe to our blog using RSS.

Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Announcing the Release of GreatFire Appmaker

GreatFire (https://en.greatfire.org/), a China-focused censorship monitoring organization, is proud to announce that we have developed and released a new anti-censorship tool that will enable any blocked media outlet, blogger, human rights group, or civil society organization to evade censors and get their content onto the phones of millions of readers and supporters in China and other countries that censor the Internet.

GreatFire has built an Android mobile app creator, called “GreatFire AppMaker”, that can be used by organizations to unblock their content for users in China and other countries. Organizations can visit a website (https://appmaker.greatfire.org/) which will compile an app that is branded with the organization’s own logo and will feature their own, formerly blocked content. The app will also contain a special, censorship-circumventing web browser so that users can access the uncensored World Wide Web. The apps will use multiple strategies, including machine learning, to evade advanced censorship tactics employed by the Chinese authorities.  This project will work equally well in other countries that have China-like censorship restrictions. For both organizations and end users, the apps will be free, fast, and extremely easy to use.

This project was inspired by China-based GreatFire’s first-hand experience with our own FreeBrowser app (https://freebrowser.org/en) and desire to help small NGOs who may not have the in-house expertise to circumvent Chinese censorship. GreatFire’s anti-censorship tools have worked in China when others do not. FreeBrowser directs Chinese internet users to normally censored stories from the app’s start page (http://manyvoices.news/).

Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Apple, anticompetition, and censorship

On July 20, 2020, GreatFire wrote to all 13 members of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, requesting a thorough examination into Apple’s practice of censorship of its App Store, and an investigation into how the company collaborates with the Chinese authorities to maintain its unique position as one of the few foreign tech companies operating profitably in the Chinese digital market.  

This letter was sent a week before Apple CEO TIm Cook will be called for questioning in front of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. The CEOs of Amazon, Google and Facebook will also be questioned on July 27, as part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation into competition in the digital marketplace.

This hearing offers an opportunity to detail to the Subcommittee how Apple uses its closed operating ecosystem to not only abuse its market position but also to deprive certain users, most notably those in China, of their right to download and use apps related to privacy, secure communication, and censorship circumvention.

We hope that U.S. House representatives agree with our view that Apple should not be allowed to do elsewhere what would be considered as unacceptable in the U.S. Chinese citizens are not second class citizens. Private companies such as Apple compromise themselves and their self-proclaimed values of freedom and privacy when they collaborate with the Chinese government and its censors.

Mon, Jun 10, 2019

Apple Censoring Tibetan Information in China

Apple has a long history of censorship when it comes to information about Tibet. In 2009, it was revealed that several apps related to the Dalai Lama were not available in the China App Store. The developers of these apps were not notified that their apps were removed. When confronted with these instances of censorship, an Apple spokesperson simply said that the company “continues to comply with local laws”.

In December, 2017, at a conference in China, when asked about working with the Chinese authorities to censor the Apple App Store, Tim Cook proclaimed:

"Your choice is: do you participate, or do you stand on the sideline and yell at how things should be. And my own view very strongly is you show up and you participate, you get in the arena because nothing ever changes from the sideline."

In the ten years since Apple was first criticized for working with the Chinese authorities to silence already marginalized voices, what has changed? Apple continues to strictly follow the censorship orders of the Chinese authorities. When does Tim Cook expect that his company will help to bring about positive change in China?

Based on data generated from https://applecensorship.com, Apple has now censored 29 popular Tibetan mobile applications in the China App Store. Tibetan-themed apps dealing with news, religious study, tourism, and even games are being censored by Apple. A full list of the censored apps appear below.

Thu, Jun 06, 2019

Report Shines Spotlight on Apple’s Censorship Practices in China

The newest Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index makes recommendations on what companies and governments need to do in order to improve the protection of internet users’ human rights around the world. Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights.

In their 2019 Accountability Index, RDR looks at the policies of 24 of the world’s most important internet companies in respect to freedom of expression and privacy and highlights the companies that have made improvements and those companies that need to do more. RDR notes that:

Insufficient transparency makes it easier for private parties, governments, and companies themselves to abuse their power over online speech and avoid accountability.

In particular, the report highlights how Apple has abused their power over online speech, and notes instances of this in China. According to the report, Apple has not disclosed data around the content that it removes from its App Store when faced with requests from the government authorities.

While [Apple] disclosed data about government requests to restrict accounts, it disclosed no data about content removal requests, such as requests to remove apps from its App Store. Apple revealed little about policies and practices affecting freedom of expression, scoring below all other U.S. companies in this category.

The report makes intelligent and sensible recommendations for governments. However, the recommendations also highlight how difficult it is to have these discussions with governments like China’s.

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

About those 674 apps that Apple censored in China

Apple opened the door on its censorship practices in China - but just a crack.
Subscribe to our blog using RSS.

Comments

Wow. This is amazing. How can we thank you enough.

inspired a lot from this post am following this blog regularly and found very good for bookmarking thanks admin
new year sms in hindi 2015
happy new year sms 2015
happy new year 2015 wallpapers
happy new year 2015 quotes
happy new year 2015
happy new year wishes 2015

this post is awesome, great msg for us, plz update ur blog for daily basis, i am regular visitor of this site, so keep posting for us,

click the below links to create backlink
best free backlink website
click here for msg movie

hgvhg

jhgjgh

thanks for this post, keep it up for updating us, i am waiting for ur new article.
IPL8 live stream 2015
thanks again

inspired a lot from this post am following this blog regularly and found very good for bookmarking thanks admin

happy mothers day
mothers day 2015
mothers day 2015 quotes

I am usually to blogging and i sincerely appreciate your
content regularly. This content has truly caught my interest.
I'll bookmark your web site and keep on checking for
more information.

Also visit my website locksmith in greenville
sc (www.usemybusiness.com)

It should have been done earlier :( but thank you!!
If you have troubles with your email or you want to sign up a new address, please visit
gmail sign in: http://gmailsigning.com
gmail login: http://gmaillogina.com
gmail account login: http://gmail-accountlogin.com
gmail sign up: http://gmailsignupin.com
hotmail login: http://hotmailloginaz.com
hotmail sign in: http://hotmailsigninez.com

It's great! Thank you for sharing the information
super smash flash 2: http://supersmashflash2a.com/
happy wheels az: http://happywheelsaz.net/
top unblocked games: http://topunblockedgames.com

Download caller name announcer from callernameannouncer.uniqsofts.com to reaad all incoming notifications.

blog posts within some minutes. It is just machine liker their pictures, standing, videos, and also

SB Game hacker was built utilizing some unique devices sbgamehacker The application could obtain access to all the video games on your tool.

This is where you could enter your e-mail address, your accessibility password. musically login Any one of these approaches will certainly obtain you via the Musically register.

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.