Hours ago, Bitcoin Forum and Bitcoin Subreddit moderator, Theymos, posted to inform everyone that Bitcointalk.org had been blocked by the Great Firewall of China. From all over China, with the exception of Shanghai, Bitcoiners are reporting that Bitcointalk.org is now blocked. No official explanation for…
Chinese Bitcoiners should use https://bitcointa.lk/ or research methods to bypass the Great Firewall of China.
The comment with the most upvotes, by far, in response to /u/theymos’s post on the Bitcoin subreddit seems to contradict the claim that the famous Bitcoin Forum has now been explicitly blocked by the infamous Great Firewall of China. However, this is not the case.The Shanghai Bitcoin Conference currently being held at the Lake Meilan International Convention Center provided censorship-free internet service to conference attendees via a proxy.
The Chinese government decided to allow this gap in their wall “in order to welcome foreign companies to invest and to let foreigners live and work happily in the free-trade zone, we must think about how we can make them feel like at home.” The freedom to access politically sensitive websites from within the free trade zone is akin to other concessions to Communism that have been promulgated from time to time over recent decades. The Chinese government recognizes that the Internet plays a large role in China’s international market share in all industries. Though the government doesn’t seem to recognize its potential, China is still home to many significant Bitcoin startups, including several very large Bitcoin exchanges.
A Step Back for China
Bitcoiners in China are very accustomed to China’s attempts at internet censorship and are likely among the most privacy conscious within the large country. It isn’t too much of a stretch to say that most Bitcoin users within China already have access to alternative ways of accessing the web. Even with the undeniable resilience of existing early adopters, Bitcointalk.org’s thriving Chinese community or troves of knowledge will no longer be easily accessible to the average Chinese web user. More disconcerting is the thought that the Chinese might block additional Bitcoin-related websites.
Are you in China? Can you access Bitcointalk.org? What are your suggestions for Chinese Bitcoiners?
Editor’s Note: Shanghai does not have exemption from the Great Firewall of China.
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Last modified: January 8, 2020 3:29 PM UTC