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China's Blocked Sites

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    As expected, <a href="http://www.democracy.org.hk"target=_blank>pro-democracy</a>, <a href="http://www.president.gov.tw/">Taiwanese</a> and <a href="http://www.vot.org">Tibetan</a> sites are strictly off-limits to Chinese Internet users. So are <a href="http://www.aidshealth.org">health sites</a>, Web pages from <a href="http://www.mit.edu">U.S. universities</a>, <a href="http://www.cbldf.org">online comic books</a> and <a href="http://www.2001halslegacy.com">science-fiction fan centers</a> and the <a href="http://www.jewishwinnipeg.org">Jewish Federation of Winnipeg's Internet home</a>.

    "We found blocking of almost every kind of content," Edelman said. "If it exists, China blocks at least some of it."

    Some material widely blocked in other parts of the world, however, seems to have escaped the censor's eye in China. Take porn, for example. Saudi Arabia blocked 86 percent of the world's top 800 adult sites; China, only 13 percent.

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  2. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Porn is actually a lot less of a problem for Chinese...but chances are extremely good if the porn has Chinese content, or even a large share of Chinese content, it will be blocked. But porn generated by us dirty foreigners does not constitute that much of a crime.

    I was laughing when I heard Google was blocked. I tried to get to the BBC and CNN sites when I was in China last, and they're definitely blocked.

    Anything which might have any potential to air pro-Independence or anti-CCP material is summarily blocked as soon as they can find it.

    Which is one reason they believe all those stories they lift from the Onion. ;)


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