(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick

Chinese Internet Filters Not Effective

from the easy-ways-around dept

For the past few years there have been conflicting reports about the effectiveness of internet filters in China. Initially, the reports said that they weren't particularly effective - but reports last year seemed to indicate that they'd gotten much better. As you might imagine, though, these things do not stay constant, and this report from China suggests that last year's filters were a bit too effective, making it more difficult for many companies to benefit from the internet. Thus, it appears that Chinese authorities have backed down to less effective filters that are easily bypassed - and only ratchet up the filters during specific news events where they're more concerned about public opinion.

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