June 5, 2009. More Censorship.

Street Sweeper
Street Sweeper

This morning I checked the news and found an article in Business Week about the internet censorship in China. If I understand it correctly, the censorship will go on until the 14th. The article also talks about how people in China are getting around the blocks.

Here is a copy of one of the articles I found about the blackout.

China’s Twitter blackout

Is Beijing trying to quiet observances of the Tiananmen Square anniversary?
If you’re interested in how the Chinese are observing the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, said Kim Zetter in Wired, don’t expect to learn about it on Twitter. Or Flickr. Or via Microsoft’s Hotmail. Internet users in China say the government is blocking a host of popular Internet services to censor discussion of the June 4 anniversary of the crackdown on Tiananmen protesters.
Some social-networking websites, including Facebook, are still available, said Sky Canaves in The Wall Street Journal, and most of the sites that went down claimed they were voluntarily performing maintenance. So it’s conceivable that these websites are down due to technical problems rather than censorship. Still, this outage is so widespread—everything from Microsoft’s new Bing to popular Chinese

microblogging service Fanfou—that it’s hard to believe it’s not the work of the Chinese government.
Whatever the case may be, said Stan Schroeder in Mashable, it will be hard to quiet those that want to share their thoughts about the Tiananmen Square massacre. Twitter users are busy searching for ways around the censorship. And “Twitter may be working if you’re using third-party apps to access it, such as TweetDeck.”

After work I stopped at the library, still closed. Then walked home and took a few random pics. It was very hot and sunny.

I went home and sat in front of the fan for an hour or so, reading the Shenzhen Daily. There has been nothing in the paper about the internet blackout. No surprise there.

Then I went out for veggie filled pancakes and fruit for dinner. The pancakes are 1 yuan each (about $0.15 USD). They are quite substantial. Two are enough for a meal. I am back into cheap eats after a few days of splurges.


About Charles Kirtley

Have been living in SE Asia and China since 2007. I have an opinion on most every subject, and don't mind sharing them. Lover and collector of worthless facts.
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