China blocks access to Dropbox — again

Above: The country of China.

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China has once again blocked access to Dropbox, according to a report by The Next Web.

The country saw a temporary reprieve from the Dropbox block back in February, when Chinese officials decided to end the nearly four-year ban on the cloud storage service. But now it seems the government has changed its mind.

For proof the service is down, censorship monitoring organization is showing that the downloading function (dropbox.dl) on Dropbox is 100 percent blocked, while the main web app seems to be blocked as well. continually tests links to see if and when services become blocked in China and then reports the information to their site.

China has a history of tightly controlling the flow of information on the Internet for fear that its citizens may be exchanging politically sensitive information (or doing things like organizing protests). But the decision to block Dropbox may also come down to competition. China has spent hundreds of millions of yuan on creating a public cloud-computing infrastructure in its main cities.

But if competition is the issue, why unblock Dropbox in the first place?

In the meantime, Dropbox users in China are taking to Twitter to voice their discontent.

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Trevor van Woerden
Trevor van Woerden

This is a testament to Dropbox's dominance in the cloud storage space. Is China blocking all of the cloud storage services? How would they keep up with the proliferation of competing offers? What might make Dropbox interesting to China is the size of its user base and supporting app ecosystem. The app ecosystem must be especially concerning - i.e. IronBox Express was just released and turns Dropbox into a legit secure file transfer service. The 3rd party apps are too numerous to list, so shutting down Dropbox may just be the easiest way to deal with way too many open doors.