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China Internet Users Rage Against Great Firewall

Posted by Author on June 19, 2007

Reuters, Tue Jun 19-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Yang Zhou is no cyberdissident, but recent curbs on his Web surfing habits by China’s censors have him fomenting discontent about China’s “Great Firewall”.

Yang’s fury erupted a few days ago when he found he could not browse his friend’s holiday snaps on Flickr.com, due to access restrictions by censors after images of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre were posted on the photo-sharing Web site.

“Once you’ve complained all you can to your friends, what more can you do? What else is there but anger and disillusionment?” Yang said after venting his anger with friends at a hot-pot restaurant in Beijing.

The blocking of Flickr is the latest casualty of China’s ongoing battle to control its sprawling Internet. Wikipedia, and a raft of other popular Web sites, discussion boards and blogs have already fallen victim to the country’s censors.

China employs a complex system of filters and an army of tens of thousands of human monitors to survey the country’s 140 million Internet users’ surfing habits and surgically clip sensitive content from in front of their eyes.

Its stability-obsessed government says the surveillance machinery, commonly known as the “Great Firewall”, is necessary to let Internet users enjoy a “healthy” online environment and build a “harmonious” society.

Yang just thinks it’s a pain.

“I just want to look at some photos! What’s wrong with that?” said the 24-year-old accountant, typical of millions of young urban-dwelling professionals who are increasingly aware of and fed up with state intrusions into their private life. ( …… more details from Reuters website )

One Response to “China Internet Users Rage Against Great Firewall”

  1. blacktygrrrr said

    My parents visited China a couple years ago and said the people were some of the friendliest, loveliest people they had ever met.

    I hope one day they truly become an open society, because they have so much good to bring the world.

    I would consider it a privilege if you would add my blog “The Tygrrrr Express” http://www.blacktygrrrr.wordpress.com to your list of linked sites if you feel the quality is high.

    Happy June.

    eric

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