Sunday, March 23, 2008

Great Psychological Firewall of China

From The Atlantic, an interesting article on the "Great Firewall of China," which the author finds out isn't all that impenetrable. The real security comes in the uncertainty of knowing whether or not you are trying to access banned information. The reasoning goes that Chinese internet users will go for the easy information – self-censored, uncontroversial news – and won't take the extra step (which is relatively easy) of using a proxy to access censored information. Though, as the article notes, China definitely isn't at totalitarian regime, this ambiguous sort of censorship encourages a police state mentality where your paranoia is a bigger check on your activity than actual repression.

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