Tips on Subverting China’s Censorship of Flickr – Stephen Shankland


… China is blocking only Flickr’s images, Butterfield said in an interview here Tuesday during a party to celebrate the company’s expansion beyond the English-speaking world and the launch of the 24 Hours of Flickr book. The way in which the country is doing so means that the Firefox Web browser, augmented with the Greasemonkey plug-in, can automatically bypass the block.

Specifically, Greasemonkey needs to run a script that changes the Flickr server name into its numeric Internet Protocol address, Butterfield said. That would indicate that the China block uses the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates alphanumeric addresses such as “” into the numeric addresses actually used to route packets of data over the Internet.

Zooomr CEO Thomas Hawk also pointed on Friday to a plug-in that can enable Firefox to bypass Flickr blocks in Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and other places. [Full Text]

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