Pakistan: Blogspot accessible, but block has not been lifted



Athough Blogspot is currently accessible in Pakistan the block has not been lifted.

In the past the blogs at *.blogspot.com were on one IP — blocked in Pakistan — while the interface to update your blog at blogger.com was on a different IP — unblocked in Pakistan. So you could update you blog, but you could not access it at the *.blogspot.com address (or any other blogs on blogspot). Google recently upgraded Blogspot — it is no longer “beta”. This resulted in several changes including the ability to login to all your Google services including Blogspot from one account. Quite simply, the IP address of *.blogspot.com has been changed. the new IP address is accessible, the old IP address is still blocked.

Global Voices reports that Dr Awab Alvi from the co-founder of the Pakistani “Don’t Block The Blog” campaign suggests that he “would not be surprised to see some blocking to come again.” The authorities have also stated that they are “are still filtering the websites”.

I have been wanting to build something monitor this for quite some time, especially after reading about the availability issues of wikipedia in China.


The new IP address is accessible:

Target: 72.14.207.191, IP: 72.14.207.191, FQDN: eh-in-f191.google.com

traceroute to 72.14.207.191 (72.14.207.191), 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 FE-3-0-100M-CORE.nexlinx.net.pk (202.59.80.2) 2.536 ms 1.816 ms 1.229 ms
2 10.10.80.1 (10.10.80.1) 2.990 ms 2.400 ms 3.679 ms
3 lhr63.pie.net.pk (202.125.147.5) 2.276 ms 2.204 ms 1.584 ms
4 lhr63.pie.net.pk (202.125.138.134) 1.801 ms 2.980 ms 2.213 ms
5 pos1-1.khi77gsrc2.pie.net.pk (202.125.159.16) 19.207 ms 18.694 ms 18.790 ms
6 khi77.pie.net.pk (202.125.128.132) 21.995 ms 19.327 ms 18.391 ms
7 203.208.147.237 (203.208.147.237) 247.406 ms 257.165 ms 256.597 ms
8 203.208.172.157 (203.208.172.157) 241.318 ms 241.353 ms 243.393 ms
9 203.208.172.102 (203.208.172.102) 283.669 ms 283.672 ms 203.208.149.246 (203.208.149.246) 286.258 ms
10 203.208.171.50 (203.208.171.50) 286.373 ms 286.951 ms 287.391 ms
11 203.208.149.130 (203.208.149.130) 301.980 ms 300.507 ms 304.945 ms
12 216.239.43.144 (216.239.43.144) 297.654 ms 294.527 ms 294.824 ms
13 66.249.95.214 (66.249.95.214) 294.786 ms 294.884 ms 297.032 ms
14 216.239.46.12 (216.239.46.12) 301.039 ms 300.160 ms 299.854 ms
15 72.14.236.181 (72.14.236.181) 300.366 ms 303.732 ms 72.14.232.111 (72.14.232.111) 300.724 ms
16 72.14.236.134 (72.14.236.134) 297.030 ms 66.249.94.50 (66.249.94.50) 299.586 ms 296.050 ms
17 eh-in-f191.google.com (72.14.207.191) 301.574 ms 301.435 ms 300.911 ms

The old IP address is still blocked:

Target: 72.14.219.191, IP: 72.14.219.191, FQDN: ed-in-f191.google.com

traceroute to 72.14.219.191 (72.14.219.191), 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 FE-3-0-100M-CORE.nexlinx.net.pk (202.59.80.2) 1.159 ms 0.562 ms 0.679 ms
2 10.10.80.1 (10.10.80.1) 1.402 ms 0.945 ms 1.863 ms
3 lhr63.pie.net.pk (202.125.147.5) 3.356 ms 1.461 ms 1.866 ms
4 lhr63.pie.net.pk (202.125.138.164) 1.340 ms 1.419 ms 2.082 ms
5 pos1-3.khi77gsrc2.pie.net.pk (202.125.159.18) 131.406 ms 130.224 ms 127.473 ms
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