by Alphaville Herald on 31/07/09 at 8:22 am
by Pixeleen Mistral, National Affairs desk
Why Ning Listern can’t log into Second Life is a mystery – but some suspect selective filters are being applied to student Second Life access in China. According to a post on the Linden Lab RegAPI mailing list, Ning’s account is one of several created by Hongjun, a RegApi developer who is finding that chinese student accounts work in his offices but don’t work from students’ college networks or homes.
While school networks in China are known to be subject to extra censorship, other Internet service providers have looser policies – which makes the login difficulties even more puzzling.
According to Hongjun's post, even students using China Telecom’s ADSL broadband service are having difficulties. Whatever Second Life access filters in place China are not universal – a Herald source in China last night confirmed he was able to log into Second Life without problem.
The source went on to say that there is a now a crackdown on online games, but enforcement is spotty and targeted access controls for students both at home and at school are entirely possible if the Internet provider is aware that a student is using a connection. Could China Telecom limit access for students as a favor to the authorities?
Our source reports the Chinese media is full of anti-game stories “trying to keep everyone safe from online violence in games”, and both Twitter and YouTube are blocked on China Telecom’s ADSL. The Twitter filter was put in place shortly after the riots in Iran gave China’s government reason to fear mass tweeting and a YouTube block followed.
Ironically, the difficulties in running Second Life may help keep it off a universal ban list in China, as authorities put their efforts into mass media services with greater reach. But if even partial access bans on Second Life are in place, how Hongjun will connect his students to the virtual world at large?
These days, we have quite a few new students who registered by my
RegAPI can't log in SL . Their accounts status are all active,
And their accounts can be logged into SL in our office, they just can
not log into at their home or campus,
some of them use their campus network, but some of them use ADSL of
China Telecom, which is good broadband connection.
Their computers are good enough to run SL.
They come from different province in China, Some of them are World
But they got same error response when they trying to log into SL.
I attached some screen shots from one student. His OS is Vista,
computer is a HP laptop.
Please help me to figure out a solution.
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