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September 05, 2007


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Much pleasure so much progress so many people are having. It bring great experiences to everyone how to deal with anti-freedoms.

Louisa Chiang

I am puzzled by the scope of this censorship wave. On the one hand, Netease (163.com) bloggers and passers-by are still discussing Shanxi Province governor Yu Youjun's departure, surely a sensitive topic given the brick kiln slave labor disaster and the fact that his replacement is reported to be Meng Xuenong, the SARS-displaced former BJ mayor. On the other hand, strictly entertainment-related forums on Baidu, several blog tribes, as well as access to Taiwan's Roodo and PCHome blogs have all been shut down or blocked.

I suppose it is too much to ask for consistency when the issue at hand is censorship - the caprice of arbitrary power.


Stopped by today to see what you're up to over at HKU. Looks as if you're going gangbusters over there (makes me proud) and I really enjoyed the post on Thomas Friedman getting the bird at the WEF's Summer Davos in Dalian.

eWeek (a Ziff Davis technology publication) published a story on Sep 12th titled "Toppling the Great Firewall of China". Some researchers at the University of New Mexico and at UC-Davis may have found "the way" around the problem. Here's the intro to the eWeek article:

Toppling the Great Firewall of China - eWeek 09/12/07

The People's Republic of China has no firewall perched on its routers to enable censors to block Internet sites.

Rather, the authoritarian regime relies on a far more sophisticated censorship system that uses a keyword blacklist and routers that reach deep into Internet traffic to find forbidden words or phrases.

"Conventional wisdom was it's a firewall—all around the border, you'd be blocked. We found that sometimes [it takes a few hops within China to get blocked], up to 13 hops. Some paths weren't filtered at all," Jed Crandall, an assistant professor of computer science at University of New Mexico's School of Engineering, told eWEEK.

In fact, the "Great Firewall of China" that researchers believe is used by the government to block users from accessing what it considers objectionable content is in reality a "panopticon"—a type of prison that relies on prisoners not being able to tell whether or not they're being observed....

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