IOC: No Chinese Internet Filters During Olympics; All Other Times It's Fine

from the why-just-for-the-olympics? dept

Back in February, a New Yorker story claimed that China was planning to disable its "Great Firewall" for the Olympics, so it may not mean very much to hear that the International Olympic Committee is now demanding that China do exactly that. If the Chinese government was already planning on opening up the internet, it's pretty weak to then demand it anyway. Besides, there does seem to be something rather sketchy about the IOC demanding China drop the firewall just for the Olympics, saying it "would reflect very poorly" on the country. Does it not "would reflect very poorly" on China during the rest of the time as well? It's a cheap ploy for the IOC to demand the filters be taken down just for that period of time. It gives the IOC publicity as standing up to censorship, even though it doesn't care what happens when the Olympics aren't in town.

Filed Under: china, filters, great firewall, ioc, olympics

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    TheDock22, 1 Apr 2008 @ 2:16pm


    I guess we shouldn't have done anything when Hitler decided to kill a bunch of Jews.

    Except that he wasn't confined to his own country and we were afraid of the resources he was accumulating and feared he would try to take over the USA. Bad example.

    I guess we shouldn't care what happens in Tibet or Dafur.

    Have we gotten involved yet? Nope...

    We ignored Sudan, so hey, whats another genocide?

    China isn't involved in a genocide...the only reason the Sudan genocide happened was the country was in the midst of a civil war. Did you see any other countries going to their aid. In fact, did anyone come to the USA's aid in our civil war? No, because it doesn't involve them or us.

    Ignore everything just like in WWII until the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

    Um...that was Japan. And we dropped a couple nuke's on them...

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