The International Herald Tribune has an analysis of online censorship in China.
In recent months, Chinese censors have tightened controls over the Internet, often blacking out sites that had no discernible political content. In the process, they have fostered a backlash, as many people who previously had little interest in politics have become active in resisting the controls. And all of it comes at a time of increasing risk for those who choose to protest. Human rights advocates say that the government has been broadening its crackdown on any signs of dissent as the Olympic Games in Beijing draw near.
Is this true? Are Chinese citizens more willing to express their frustrations with online censorship, and perhaps by extension, all official censorship? Leave us a comment with your take on the issue.
Since Mao, there has always been pervasive censorship in China, usually wrapped into ideas about filial piety and responsibility to the community. But the internet may be different because community there is evolving so fast, its hard to claim that restricting it is traditional. I am hopeful.