by Mike Masnick
Mon, Feb 21st 2011 7:00pm
While some curmudgeons continue to insist that the internet has had nothing (nothing!) whatsoever to do with popular uprisings throughout the middle east, it certainly seems that various governments don't feel the same way. In nearly every case so far, the governments have sought to either crack down on the internet or figure out ways to use it to their advantage. And it appears that China is watching closely. We had already mentioned how the country blocked any mention of Egypt from various microblogging services, in the wake of the uprising there, and now President Hu Jintao is saying that China needs to clamp down on the internet even more. It's believed these new calls for tightening up the Great Firewall are in response to fears that folks in China may take note of the uprisings throughout the Middle East, and seek to copy them in China. 2011 is shaping up to be a very interesting year in terms of people's responses to tyranny.
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