China's Tight Reign on Online Growth
from the BBCNews.com
discusses the attempts by the Chinese government to censor the internet for Chinese citizens. China is the country with the second most number of people online according to the article, only behind America. China is likely to surpass the U.S. in total number of online users relatively soon.
"Much has been made of the so-called Great Firewall of China that censors what people see using technology built in to the country's basic net infrastructure." There are several different ways in which the Chinese government goes about trying to censor the internet. First, they use a firewal
l to block certain internet addresses. Second, they can detect if someone is searching a banned topic such as Tibet
In order to get around these restictions many Chinese citizens get access to certain sites from users in Western countries. Those who try to view censored material have to worry about the consequence of jailtime. According to the article the Chinese police have a seperate department that pursue online crimes.
I think internet censorship is wrong. Every Chinese citizen should be able to search for whatever they want on Google or go to whichever website they want. As more and more Chinese citizens become connected to the internet, I hope the Chinese government will face stronger resistence to intertnet censorship. If 750 million Chinese citizens become connected like the BBC article predicts, those users could hopefully force the Chinese government to grant more freedoms. Who knows, maybe the digital revolution in China will spawn a social or political revolution in the country as well.