Wed, Apr 14th 2010 12:33am
It's no secret that porn can be a tremendous driver for the adoption of new technologies: VCRs, DVD players, cable and satellite TV, and the internet. But apparently it's also helping teach Chinese folks how to scale the country's Great Firewall. A few days ago, the Twitter name of a Japanese porn actress got "discovered" in China, and thanks to her apparent popularity, tons of people started trying to access her Twitter page. Twitter, though, is blocked in China, and since the woman is a porn actress, information on her is blocked as it "could cause harm to youngsters' mental and physical well-being". These blocks are apparently driving people to learn how to use software to get around the Great Firewall (via Jan Chipchase) so they can follow the actress on Twitter. Perhaps the best way to deal with China's internet censorship isn't technical tricks, but to point Chinese surfers to porn so they'll learn about how to get around the wall on their own?
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