Friday, May 23, 2008

I'm big in japan

but blocked in shanghai.

According to which tests access to website from around the world, I am blocked by the Great Firewall of China. The government has a huge base of technicians (I've heard estimates of 30,000) who scour the web for inappropriate content to be blocked such as information on Tibet or Tiananmen Square. According to one of the photographers on the march who's based out of San Francisco, he went to a party there of Chinese grad students. He asked them about Tiananmen Square and they had never heard about it. Furthermore, they refused to believe it had ever happen but did not go so far as to look it up when he challenged them.

We are finally coming into an age where Big Brother is possible. If anything scares me about China, it is the control of information.

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