China Digital Space

Scale the wall

From China Digital Space

Jump to: navigation, search

翻墙 (fān qiáng): scale the wall

Zola scales the wall. (High Tech Low Life)
Circumvention of the Great Firewall of China.

The Internet as it exists within the Great Firewall is known as the Great Chinese LAN or the Chinternet. In effort to escape from these limitations into the expanses of the worldwide web, many Chinese use software such as VPNs to mask their IP addresses. However, authorities are constantly working to block the use of such software, making it increasingly difficult even for tech-savvy netizens to scale the wall. Freegate, the name of a popular censorship circumvention tool, has been blocked as a search term.

One user explains on Sina Weibo why it has become necessary for netizens to scale the wall:

醉墨随风: Google is blocked, Yahoo is blocked, even the server for connecting to foreign websites cannot be found. Isn't this what forces people to scale the wall!?
Google不能用,Yahoo不能用,上个外网也找不到服务器,这是逼人翻墙的节奏吗!?

“Scale the wall” was listed among the Top 10 Neologisms of 2009 by the popular liberal newspaper Southern Metropolis Weekly. The term came into use at that time as China began to block big-name foreign websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The United States has funded programs to help Chinese netizens scale the wall.

Netizen Voices: Information Disclosure Request Denied

26 August 2014, by josh rudolph

Badiucao (巴丢草):Great Firewall Selfie

19 August 2014, by Sophie Beach

Word of the Week: Wall-Rape

13 August 2014, by Anne Henochowicz

A Eulogy for the Cenci Journalism Project

23 July 2014, by josh rudolph

Word of the Week: “Great Wall”

9 July 2014, by Anne Henochowicz

Views
Personal tools
Support CDT - Buy a Grass Mud Horse T-shirt!