The Great Firewall of China

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If you follow any tech news or podcasts you’ve most likely read or heard about China’s national firewall that the government uses to block its citizens from accessing  “objectionable” material on the internet. My wife and sister are experiencing the effects first-hand during their stay in China this week.

My sister first discovered that she was unable to post to her Blogger-hosted blog after arriving in the country on Saturday. Now, with the recent riots in the western Xinjiang province, she can’t get to Twitter, Facebook, or even GMail.

She’s still able to post to her blog from another e-mail account, but it’s interesting how even in one of the most technologically advanced countries on the globe you can still feel cut off. Luckily Skype is working so we’re still able to video conference and speak to each other nightly (for now).

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  1. For another interesting tale of internet censorship (and other topics including using the iPhone’s data plan) in China, check out the first 12 minutes or so of TWiT episode #204. Both Leo Laporte and Kevin Rose were in China at the same time as my wife and sister and had a similar experience.

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