China: December 3, 2002

Archives

American researchers report that the Chinese government has successfully blocked about ten percent of the Internet from Chinese users. Most of the sites blocked are political and provide information that the government disagrees with or would rather not have available to the Chinese people. The government admits that there is screening, but that it is mainly to block pornography sites. However, the researchers found that the vast majority of porn sites could be reached by Chinese users. The government's attempt to control Internet access is the most ambitious ever attempted. For most Chinese users, the controls work. More expert Internet users can get around much of the screening, and the government has been unable to effectively monitor email and instant messaging. But 42 of the 100 most popular worldwide news sites were blocked. Most of China 45 million Internet users, in effect, cannot reach sites the government does not want them to see. This is having an effect on Chinese public opinion, as foreign reporters find that Chinese internet users are usually ignorant of news events widely covered on the Internet, but blocked in China. 

 

Article Archive

China: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close