Andy Madison

Internet Controls

In Uncategorized on 22/06/2009 at 8:39 pm

I apologize for the lapse in my blogging; the site I’ve been using to bypass the great firewall in order to reach  has been blocked for the past two weeks or so.  Others have not gotten me through.  Today, because what the hell, I tried it again, and it worked!

I’ll share the following observations about the CPC’s internet censorship:

It is surprisingly flexible on politics.  You can read plenty of news items that would embarass the goernment. Examples include videos on the onion and accounts of Wen Jiabao’s speech to the annual party assembly being stolen by hackers and published on-line before he delivered it.

It’s highly inflexible on pornography: the only way to watch it is to search through Chinese search engines using a delicate coded lexicon.  This stands in some contrast to the country’s thriving in-person sex industry.

Sometimes, they’ll block a site for a seemingly arbitrary reason.  Then they’ll lift the block, and block some other seemingly illogical thing.

It seems that their intention is not to shut out all information when they don’t need to, but rather to make seeking criticisms enough of a pain in the ass that a sufficient majority doesn’t grow curious.


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