February 11th, 2010
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It's a direct challenge to China's Internet filtering regime... shot entirely within World of Warcraft.

"War of Internet Addiction" is an hour-long protest machinima. It satirizes Beijing's attempt to "harmonize" China's Internet with forced installations of the Green Dam censorware.

Bit of background. "Harmonize" (和谐) is popular China Net-speak for being censored (as it's done under the slogan of "constructing a harmonious society.")

"War of Internet Addiction" was directed by Twitter user CorndogCN, and made with dozens of volunteers on no budget (other than WoW fees).

According to Youku.com, more than 10 million Chinese netizens have seen the movie.

To navigate the language barriers and cultural in-jokes, read the in-depth analysis by DigiCha and Youku Buzz.

Check it out while you can. It hasn't been harmonized... yet.



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  1. Zhaoyang Liu

    As a Chinese, I won't deny that our Internet is somehow censored by government .But I want to say, there are discriminations and exaggerations in CNN's compositions.
    FIrst, your writers don't know what is the real China and the reality of Chinese situation, because you don't know how serious about online game addiction in China.
    Second, most of the online game addictors are mionrs, they can't realize what is the most important thing of them and playing computer game all the day. I have accquainted many children who degenerated while playing computer games.
    Third, a vedeo can't be an explanation of Chinese censorship in internet. It just the aspirations of the people who want to deny this decision, including World Warcraft, CNN, and other western media companies.
    I think, as dissidents, there are some differences between Chinese and CNN.Chinese dissidents just want to play games or earn more money in related industry. But CNN, I know what is your meaning that you destribute this composition. The White House wants to find some alleged evidences to attack China's internet censorship and support Google.But I can't agree with you. You are bound to fail.
    Last but not least, if you are free enough on internet , just keep my comment in your website, and let more people read it. I anticipate all of you can hear the real Chineses voice. Thank you!

    February 11, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  2. John R

    Is this a real Chinese voice or a puppet of the government? I am sure internet addiction is a problem, no just in China, but thoughout the world. But internet addiction is a seperate issue from censorship.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  3. Zhaoyang Liu

    I am just a normal college student in Canton,not a puppet. Perhabts for my broken English, you misunderstand me.You can see this blog that the writer just use an unpopular vedeo in Youku.com as his point to criticize Chinese censorship. But the real sitiuation is, if you just check it out, you can find it is an old news. In addition, we don't use Green Dam Censorware, and it's just for the parents to cure children's censorship.
    To be honest, as a Chinese, I understand Mr John R. I only come for communicating with foriegn friends and let you know our true life.I agree "internet addiction is a seperate issue from censorship.",.Unfortunately,however,this seperation is in this blog.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  4. Tom Perer

    Zhaoyang Liu - in china you will be in jail if you criticized the government. The reality if you know the history of communists..... they wll eventually shoot you...sooner or later..... I know china...and I know how communism operates. It is really sad. Someday China will face serious problems. It just cannot keep supressing information in this information age

    February 12, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  5. mary

    I spend a big part of my time in china and my family's there. I don't think any western man or woman has the right to speak upon the censorship, not until they learn to speak in a decent and civilized manner, and clear their words of bias.

    February 12, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  6. AustinSA

    I don't know if you're a normal college student in Canton (because a normal college student in Guangdong doesn't speak proficient English, nor would he use the imperialistic British name for his homeland). I live in China at the moment, and I can't do anything without turning a proxy on. Let it be known that I cannot access Facebook, BBC, Twitter, Youtube, and the majority of Google without dodging the great firewall. Sites that are blocked often are MSN, Wikipedia, any specialized Wiki, and other reputable news sources. CNN actually escapes these more often than not.

    I know exactly how Internet Addiction works in China. You shove schoolwork into the majority of a child's waking hours and expect him to do something else you want i.e. piano lessons for the rest. There isn't a problem, children need breaks, they aren't meant to work as much as adults, they have to actually be children to grow up.

    The "discriminations and exaggerations in CNN's compositions" aren't exaggerations because this country lacks freedom of speech and the press. It is Black or White, there is no rationalizing that. Maybe "The White House wants to find some alleged evidences to attack China's internet censorship." So what? Someone needs to say something. I can hardly communicate with my friends and family back in North America because if I want to download Skype here I get redirected to a censored version. If I want to share photos from my visit to Harbin I sure can't use Facebook or Picasa. If I would like to share video footage Facebook and Youtube are no-nos. I pay $50 a year for free internet. Something most countries (anyone not from China, the UAE, or Kazakhstan) expects.

    I am also a bit critical of your motives. Either way, 新年快乐. (I don't know the cantonese pinyin so I can't type it, but you should speak mandarin).

    February 15, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  7. edward leung

    Being a netizen from the "Special Administrative Region" of Hong Kong, sometimes it is disappointing to see that people are still making up rationales, no matter how weak they might be, to try to rationalise the net blockade in force. Just as AustinSA said, the censorship is a fact of life in China at the moment, no need to deny or try to argue about it. The rest of world have no moral duty to hand you your right to freedom of information, unless you see yourself as a human being worthy of the rights everybody has. I don't think freedom of speech and information is some "Special Privilege" just for us in the HKSAR of the PRC, everyone else in the country should enjoy the same level of liberty. Again, th rights are yours to keep, no need to answer to the rest of the world nor does the rest of the world is obligated to say it for you.

    February 16, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  8. a senior school student from china

    A policy must have its pros and cons.Every one has its own view towards one thing,but we should not ignore the advantages and just
    observe the diasdvantages.Is it right?
    I expect anyone apart from chinese and others should make comments without prejudice.
    As far as i am concerned,the censorship protect us from being polutted by unhealthy tendencies,and it is benifit for us callans
    一种政策必然有优点和缺点。每一个人对一件事也可以有不同的视角,但我们不应忽视那些有利方面,只看到不利方面。对不对?

    February 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  9. Xiao

    so you are angry that you cannot access facebook, that's fine.

    most chinese people do not use facebook. does it inconvenience people other than yourself? at any rate, it is a mere inconvenience.

    also, what is free internet? i'm sure Al Qaeda Martyr's Forum is not avaliable in the US. Maybe if Al Qaeda ran a matchmaking site, that would also not be avaliable. Why? Because the US claims it is a "terrorist" organization (never mind that the real terrorists are wearing US uniforms and piloting B-52s).

    February 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  10. CP

    To Tom Perer:
    I don't know what you're talking about. We damn our govement policy everyday in our popular chatting sofware QQ and many major forums, and nobody is getting shoots or end up in jail. Some posts are often deleted in Chinese webs, but as far as I know, no people is mysterious disappearing just because of expressing their opinions online.

    February 17, 2010 at 2:26 am |
  11. AustinSA

    Xiao, internet censorship doesn't exist in the US, or in any West European country. Law enforcement officials can look at your internet records, just like phone records. I know of a good many local Chinese who accessed Facebook, and say that they preferred it to Xiaonei (a complete Facebook rip-off that's only available in Chinese). In fact, Xiao, please tell me your rationale for blocking facebook. Is it because Facebook won't let the censors examine every comment before it's posted like they do on Xiaonei? Let's all hear a "real" Chinese voice on that one. You'd also be hard pressed to find ANY B-52s found in service today, but I assure you, the ones you would find would not be piloted by "terrorists".

    And to the poster above him, "Chinese and others" will continue to debate this until we give the 1/4 of the world's population here rights that every other human being has. Edward Leung put that beautifully. This argument isn't about two ways of doing things, it's about something the rest of the world has and that every one of you lack. Every one always offers the same excuse, that it keeps you from looking at stuff that isn't good for you, WHICH IS DECIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:25 am |
  12. Bhaskar

    Xiao ,

    Its just not Facebook. In China , you cannot access anything freely , including YouTube , Wikipedia , Google search results , even your own mails ( without being hacked into ) !!

    I agree with you that Facebook may be called a mere inconvenience. But what about Wikipedia , is that also a 'mere' inconvenience ? Does that not prevent spreading of the knowledge ? Are free citizens of 21st century to remain under such shackles ? Why do you support your govt on this ? Why no one , I repeat , not a single Chinese citizen , raises a voice against such censorship ? Because the fact of the matter is , you will be put into jail if you do so, and you may probably end up being shot thru your head , and your organs traded , to fill Chinese govt coffers. Thats China for you dear friend. Wake up !! and stop defending your corrupt govt.

    February 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  13. Bhaskar

    To CP,

    Its not some little web posts , try staging some serious protest ( even if peaceful ) against the censorship , try asking your Govt. to let you access free internet , and you will realize what you dont get now , but it will be too late for you by then.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  14. Xiao

    So they prefer facebook, is that a problem? does it matter that they prefer facebook? is that preference something that can be raised to a level of national policy? get real, you know it and i know it, if you cannot distinguish personal preference and national policy, go back to school. so what if xiao nei is similar to facebook? does it make it worse in any way, if people prefer using it? why would a tiny sample size have any representation? and even if it's true, who cares? and i highly doubt that xiao nei moderates every single comment. billions of comments are made every day, do you think the company is doing this for charity? how much money do you think they have to pay moderators to read "omg omg love your new shirt!" use your brain and maybe learn to process information. i know most american students are barely literate after high school graduation, with a 8th grade reading level, unable to do basic algebra and all that, but you could try to at least formulate your arguments a bit better.

    it's sad that americans think that they are "free" and chinese are not when in actuality, it is the americans that know nothing. don't even mention western europe and the US in the same breath, europe is far more free than the US. the US Air Force is the largest and best funded terrorist organization on earth with the US Army closely following.

    Again, if you don't like it in China, the door is open. No one holds a gun to your head and says you have to stay. After all, the US is "free" and the average wages are higher. Go back if you find your stay so discomforting. I'm sure a few will miss you, they have the freedom to leave China at any moment, as long as the US accepts them.

    February 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  15. Bhaskar

    Xiao

    Your arguments are of a little kid not prepared to see what is good and what is bad, someone who has stopped the inquisition of the right and the wrong. You say that China will remain as it is now , and if one doesnt like it then he can leave China. A silly way to defend an equally silly policy of ' Holier than Thou'. I am sure there are other people in China who dont share your opinion , but who are too scared to come out freely. I really pity them.

    I am not saying the US is free from ills and drawbacks. But it has an open mind to listen and change. there are ways to vent your thoughts in a fair manner. Have you seen Muslim people standing on the streets of NY and distributing papers preaching Al-Qiada , they do so and under the nose of the Police. They are able to do so because the law supports free speech.

    China is trying to project itself as a power now just because it has a huge cash reserves and a strong manufacturing industry. But dont forget that if the US , Europe and the rest of the world stop trading your goods into their countries , you will be bust in a moment. It doesnt have the talent or the innovation , or the creative industry to stay on course all by itself. Your technology is copied from the west. Your raw material comes from Africa and Australia and your ideas are all that of USA or Europe. What are you so proud of that makes you stop seeing the truth ?So , again telling you, wake up !!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  16. GEORGE

    so you dont think US filters information?? think again! you had the largest financial tumor in recent history, the worst terrorist attack in recent history, and the biggest money scam in recent history. How can those happen? no one caught them before they happened? dont tell me nothing could've been done because only the US is in the shit hole! so you tell me how is that freedom of information? if information is so free in US you'd think some of the people would've caught on before shit hits the fan. what about the iraq or iranian websites that shows whats really going on with the war US waged on another country? you think you are so smart with all the information that chinese people are deprived on? you have no idea how knowledgable chinese citizens are on real world events do you? just because some websites are blocked dosnt mean chinese people can't get information from elsewhere. every piece of information in WIKI is from elsewhere!! I dont mind facebook is blocked because it will just be full of people like you who have no idea of the real China and lives in your own shell fed by hypocritical media. by the way in case you dont know, human rights forum and talks are happening in China everyday, and students organized events are almost always held without interference from the government. please stop criticizing china just because you dont understand it, and spend more time on fixing your own country, you got people shooting randomly in schools, young teens being jailed for drawing on table, and the biggest gangs in history selling people and drugs in california, and all of this is happening while some guy named maddoff is sipping wine in jail cell and billions are spent on corporations that went bankrupt anyways. AT LEAST CHINA DOSN'T BORROW MONEY TO PAY THEIR INTERESTS!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  17. AustinSA

    Xiao, your statement says a lot about you. You're probably the biggest idiot in this conversation. Most Americans are literate after graduation, and much more educated than any in your country are. We both know the retention rates for the western method of education and the Chinese one. You can cram as much higher level mathematics and English writing skills as you want, truth of the matter is, you can't speak English (or Spanish) to save your lives, and the math goes down the gutter when you take your job at Carrefour because of all the guanxi your dad had. Xiaonei, just like the GFC looks for keywords for moderation (Could you please teach me the pinyin for omg?). The U.S. and Western Europe share more similarities than you'll ever know. Maybe if the only book you've ever read about the subject of Western Europe wasn't The Communist Manifesto than you wouldn't say idiotic things like that. The U.S. is more socialized than China is, and when health care comes about we might as well start calling it that.

    Oh, and as for MY arguments, I have yet to mention any terrorists flying a World War Two era bomber. Everyone knows that the preferred transportation of terrorists is by donkey, and that Al-Qaeda offers a frequent donkey miles program where they can redeem their points for a free ride on a hijacked plane. Strangely each ticket is only one way. I wouldn't put you at any age over 14, I've had to chair at middle school Model UN conferences before and you seem to sound exactly like them.

    George, no two parties in a war will ever show "whats really going on with the war." It's just not human nature. The information from the Bernie Madoff case you're referring to isn't public of course. Our government isn't overly intrusive, and usually stays out of companies' business. We regulate their safety, and prevent monopolies, but our government's hand in business stays pretty light, especially when compared to yours. As for the "students organized events are almost always held without interference from the government," I have lived here for over 2 years, traveled to more cities within China than any others on this forum, and I have yet to see a protest of any sort. I was visiting Philly last summer and saw a Falun Gong rally (Any foreigner in China shouldn't Google (verb) that by the way, cops REALLY DO show up at your door, tested it).

    We have our problems because we have our liberties. There should be stricter gun laws, there should be better education, and we did screw up the economy, but our country has a long future ahead of it, with the current government in power. No educated and unbiased homo sapien could spend 6 months here and say that. We have information, and we use it, you just never read about those in the China Daily. News isn't a happy thing, go watch the Today show for that.

    Also, the definition of hypocritical media isn't a Western news provider, that crown belongs to Xinhua and Al-Jazeera. Long live CNN, and all the others that work objectively.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  18. Bhaskar

    GEORGE,

    The US is the center of the world , and therefore , there are lot of things , both good and bad that happen there. Terrorists attacking the country , spineless fraudsters swindling money and biggest banks recklessly lending subprime loans all happen here. Do you think they happened because of the secrecy over such issues ? Do you fancy that because the US govt. censors information , people could not know these events beforehand ? To think so would show your naivety These events are a result of the ultra-complex system that runs in the US as a country and because people could not figure it out before they happened.Ofcourse greed and other human vices played their due role not denied. But information suppression has nothing to do with this.

    On the other hand , your claim of glory of chinese information dissemination and its use by ordinary chinese come as a news to me. Pray tell me which chinese site has the equivalent information of Wiki ? Or which is the forum that discusses Human rights in China ? Can you give me the links please ? It would be an eye opener for me if you could really convince me that Human rights are cared for in China. I seriously doubt that people in China know anything about the world in any details that can be expected from a population that is not starved of free information . You guys simple know one thing : Blindly submit to the Chinese leadership and drop your head in blind reverence. This has been since centuries that you guys are practicing. Just think about it – what if the leadership is corrupt ? Today your leader Hu Jintao may be sincere and capable leader , leading China's progress , but what if tomorrow some corrupt leader takes his place ? You cannot protest , or else another Tienanmen Square will happen.

    There are all sorts of problems with the current US , including the ones you mentioned. But they may be very equally present in China as well , it just doesnt come to news.Who knows ? There no such thing as free media in China.

    The only statement you made that fully draws my agreement and respect is the last one. The economy in the US is in shambles no doubts. and there is a huge trade deficit , 100's of billions in debt to your country. That merits a deep introspection. Maybe Obama will do something about it. China does not borrow to pay its interests. True. But then , You are so rich only because the US has been borrowing of you.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  19. xshq1985

    As a chinese, after reading those above comments, i'd admit we in some part are less rational than the westerners. but obviously some westerners may do not understand why we are furious when outsiders criticize our country, our government, though we also realize our flaw in regulation, our limit in the goverment. The reason we support our communist party in China is progress in our society, don't forget we are now still poor, though communist party has done something really bad before, they are making progress, that's the reform. all of us see the hope. we expect our goverment will go better. we trust our goverment at least now because they lead us go ahead. we are heading forward. our whole nation are heading forward. And one of the difference between Chinese and America is we donot like to interfere into other people's business, in turn we also don't like westerners say evil of us or our goverment even if it is correct or rational.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  20. Peter Lee

    All these nationalism views dominate blogs everywhere. It does not matter what nationality you are, the fact is we are getting closer and closer to each other. China is moving toward more like the western world and vice versa. Unfortunately, we are still not understanding much each other. In fact, we don't even know well how our own country is run by politicians. In the western world, we all know our politicians don't keep many of their election promises. So, it doesn't matter who we elect; in effect it is quite similar to the ten-year rotation of the Chinese leaders.

    February 20, 2010 at 3:37 am |
  21. Andy

    Aside from all the back n fro here, one point is being missed the fact remains !! that face book is blocked... along with many other mentioned sites and including web searches like "Tainanmen Square incident" All this is not about who prefers these sites or if the sites are good, bad or other. The fact is they are blocked. Why is a socializing site blocked ? Thats the real issue.. A big driver in all this filtering is Its the China parties fear that is driving this.. The fear that a push for democracy will grow within China if they allow sites like facebook to freely operate within China ..The party know mostly foreigners use this and people form outside China speak freely about governments actions and it is this type of conversation and discussions that they seek to block. To control masses of people keep them in the dark and limit the information they have access to. Its a well known form of control Just ask North Korea and Iran how its working for them. Look filtering online porn is one thing that protects the young minds. This is a good thing. However at the same time you are taking away the freedom of choice from the adult community. China political party tried to impose the loading of the green dam software on all new computers and internet bars and school computers. Fortunately for the all users in china the computer manufactures united and stopped this being installed on new computers..

    Finally I would like to say all governments have their faults and in free nations like Australia, USA, UK etc we all speak out without fear and protest those issues that we don't agree with. Issues and government actions that erode our freedom of choice.

    This is happening right now in Australia where the Government is planning to block online porn. Not a popular subject matter with some , particularly the church groups but its not about the content its about the freedom of choice

    February 20, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  22. Alexa

    Liu Zhaoyang, I'm a Chinese currently living in China. I used to live in Dubai which also had censorship, and while there, I hated it. It was extremely annoying to try to go to a harmless and sometimes educational website (line one which educated people on genital mutilation) only to see a message stating that it was against local cultural values.

    While in Dubai, I used to think things would get better once I moved back to China, since all my Chinese friends would tell me how great the internet in China was- how it was much faster and "free". Well, after experiencing it for myself, I can tell you it is a load of BS. They thought it was faster because they only visited Chinese sites, and they thought it was free for the same reason- they never experienced any censorship since Chinese sites usually conformed and self-censored anyway!

    Literally all types of sites are censored in China. Sites which say negative things about china regardless of if the content is true or not, articles on mostly objective sites like Wikipedia which talk about things that China wants to erase from history like the Tiananmen square protests are blocked. Even the article about the photographer who took the "unknown rebel" photo is blocked.

    Various local news or radio sites which usually cover news within their state or city are blocked.

    Sites that aren't political in nature... social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, media sites like Youtube and Google Videos, porn sites, .personal site/block hosts like blogspot.com, image hosting sites like imageshack.us.. they are ALL blocked.

    So please, gets your facts right before you accuse others of making things out to be more serious than they are. CNN is not exaggerating at all, it IS that bad!

    February 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  23. A French IT student

    Well, I read "Censorship" doesnt exist in western countries.
    Let me try to have a neutral point of view on this and Chinese policy (like I say it s a try and doesnt necessarily reflect my thoughts)

    It does in mine, under a new law we are supposed to install a spyware, so that the government can fight illegal downloading.

    What would prevent the special council devoted to this to check other things on my computer?

    Isnt it the way to censorship?

    It is called the HADOPI law if you feel like google-ing it.

    Also if i were to go further, one cant access extremist website (nazis, whatever...) since they get shutdown. It is obviously a good thing, but still is censorship.

    In the end China has more interest in censoring/monitoring its user's activity because if it s harder to access foreign websites/software, then it s better for Chinese based companies (in a pure commercial aspect, dont forget money makes everything nowadays)

    February 24, 2010 at 3:49 am |
  24. silmerusse

    I'm a Chinese "shitizen" living in Shanghai. There are too many "50 cents gang" around sent by the "Truth Ministry". These guys' propaganda certainly could not represent all the shitizen here in China.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:36 am |
  25. silmerusse

    This video is very popular in major Chinese video sharing sites including tudou, youku etc.

    At first, youku self-censored and took it away fearing it might cause trouble. But later on, when Phonix TV reported the video and interviewed the producer, Youku moved it back online.

    Tudou is better. The video could always be accessed though it was "technically" removed from the most popular video list.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  26. Peter Lee

    For those who are living in the Google so-called free internet fantasy, please wake up. All western countries has some forms of censorships including U.S. and Western Europe. This MSN link is an Italian court judgment, the verdict of which is to jail three Google executives on allowing criminal contents posted in Google website without filtering them based on a shared codes of conduct.

    http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=OBR&date=20100224&id=11149275

    Again, Google will appeal on the ground of "free internet" But I have to agree with the Italian court that a company's rights cannot prevail over a person's dignity, whether you are in U.S., Europe or China.

    February 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  27. Peter Lee

    Also, there are various and different reasons why sites are blocked in China or in other countries. Some western sites lost out to their Chinese counterparts and that's was why they left the Chinese market. Some western social sites refuse to abide to Chinese laws to block (censor) criminal contents (such as porn, illegal video / music download / sharing, privacy, etc.) As a result, the Chinese government blocks their sites. Obviously, there are sites that are blocked due to political reasons, just like Western countries has been blocking the sites that aim to damage their national security.

    In my humble opinion, I do not have much sympathy for Google which has agreed to Chinese laws to censor illegal contents and now tries to eat their words in order to gain an unfair, upper hand over their competitors which all agree to the same laws. I would rather the Western countries be paying attention to real human right issues.

    It is funny that the Western world has been complaining the Chinese government doing little to stop internet privacy, hacking, porn, etc, on one hand. On the other, we are raising so much dislike when the Chinese government is taking a harder line against illegal internet contents.

    February 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  28. jay walk

    I agree with Peter Lee. We both have our problems, and shouting names at each other like kids in a school yard does not promote understanding or solve problems. The US system is far from perfect, but I still believe for all its ups and downs, it is a system that learns from its mistakes. We are responsible for our own destiny here in the US.

    That said, what China has done in the last 15 years is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Wen Jiabao has repeatedly said that his implementation of human rights is lifting people out of subsistence living, and China has done that on an unprecedented scale. My hat is off to you China. There are also many problems in China besides censorship: pollution, corruption, and basic services for the millions of migrant worker families in the cities- to name a few. China is rigorously working on these, and they are of more importance to the average Chinese person than free speech. Just as health care and job stability are of more interest to the average American than the political process.
    My hope is that we (US and China) continue to find common ground and work together for a common good. Let us acknowledge our weaknesses, support each other in our strengths, and work to converse with each other in a civil manner.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  29. jay walk

    Peace

    February 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  30. Koreanational

    China still has a long way to go in granting level of freedom of other countries.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:50 am |
  31. AustinSA

    Andy,

    If you read my earlier comments, I did bring up the point that no one could access facebook and that there was no rationalizing that. As for the illegal downloading, there is no progress in halting that (I would know, my 1tb hard drive is filling up with all the shows I miss because of the censored satellite signals we get) and music downloading is available on the popular Chinese search engine Baidu. The only thing they are making progress on (in that list) is pornography, but I don't see that as a higher priority than reading the BBC or watching Youtube.

    I liked the first and last paragraphs of jay walk's statement, although trusting officials here is not something an expatriate does, so I'll assume you're still stateside (and therefore a bit naive when it comes to how much progress has actually been made).

    I agree with Koreanational, but I don't see it coming anytime soon :)

    February 27, 2010 at 4:13 am |
  32. se

    On the behalf of Communist Pary party the blocked the internet,not for the people here,we can't say anything about the negative side of the government,all of the chinese want to CCP to die,fuck them,they use the one birth control policy to kill the han nation children,they are the inferior pig dynasty.the real china is Taiwan

    March 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  33. Monkey Business

    All countries are under some forms of censorship. Look even CNN is cencoring comments from poster like me. Did you people read the comments next to this box before posting your comment? """""""Comments are moderated by CNN, in accordance with the CNN Comment Policy, and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting. Also, due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted.
    """"""duh!!!

    March 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  34. Zhaoyang Liu

    It's a fact that I am a student in Guangdong university of business study. It's hard for me to deny that CNN is better than many websites in China in free talk. But it doesn't mean all the compositions in CNN are real and objective. It's more than 1 month I have seen this blog. I nearly forget it. before I introduce it to my friend. I am happy that so many guys come and discuss. I just want to find the truth.
    I know China is so complicated for many people, we are in a different thinking mode. There is no perfect government, including China. however, it's no doubt that the fualts and mistakes in my eyes are the expierences of future, but the circus in many foreigners eye's.

    March 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  35. tips

    the internet is changing China ,more and more Chinese want to contact with the world.
    GFW(the great firewall) can't stop the minds, it'll cut off the connection between the government and people only.
    I'm a Chinese people who want to **** the GFW!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
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    don't believe whatever you see about china(though this word is paradox with logical contradiction)
    don't believe chinese conversable in sensitive topics.
    it's incredible but true that china government hire many "chinese" to propagate or justify its arbitrary despotism.

    china is totally different to western worlds not because economy developping standard but the fundamental of society.
    for example:
    western legislation's core is to confine government and organization's power whilst to regard protecting private assets as the supreme principle.
    at the opposite chinese legislature stands.the base of chinese law is to complete and make chinese government reign efficient.the citizen's power is only stooge.

    the key of censorship isnot to build a pure childhood circumstance.it's only a trick to cover up the real target like what anticorruption acts in china.if it is,how to explain the banned of info of chinese senior governors like 王岐山 and the missing 高智晟.
    chinese policy against citizen's "education" if u r familiar with chinese history doesnot change much.in governors' opinion,we are never ends but just means.the best way to control means is to brainwash
    them with "rules" and never edify their intelligences.
    chinese are good at manipulating subconsciousness.take care for chinese not only hide real emotion like japanese,chinese hide everything.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:39 am |
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    This is themost prodigy invention"We need know more about this work.Apologize indiscreet words; i remembered boyhood daytwelve year old,when we made boat hydrogen" we use two tubes,keep metanol caldrun"stean" vapour and little boutstat race in water making bubble.Olso we make eletric bobibin in the maniplator play transmission code morse song>Nothing originatge;all imitation how said "me Gabriel Tarde.I like so much wander showe by anchor's cnn=under my point view=kew under reiew.!

    May 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  38. Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    Hello Kristie,
    I enjoyed your UK-Pakistan Diplomatic dust-off on World Report.Initially I wondered why Britain would be happy with Pakistan given their flirtation with terrorists.Now I know better.Cheers...
    PS:You still look stunning and adorable

    August 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  39. Oladipo Omole

    Hi there Kristie,
    I just wanted to say hello and wish you all the best always. Cheers and much love from me,
    Oladipo

    September 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  40. Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    Kristie darling,
    I really had a good time during your World Report bulletin earlier yesterday and I must say that it's a good development that rival factions in the Palestinian Cause are negotiating, though the mood-swings of Hamas' political leader is a bit worrisome.Really, Israel has committed a lot in this matter considering the moratorium that just ended on West Bank settlements. In Asia, it's also good that the row between China and Japan has subsided and I really learned a lot about the Korean Peninsula and its origins that I didn't know earlier.You guys are really wonderful and you should keep it up.Cheers.
    Much love,
    It's me, Oladipo

    September 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  41. Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    Kristie darling,
    I believe you had a wonderful week.I have as a matter of fact.Nowadays it's always like that after relating with you all and learning from you all. It's quite exciting.I believe I've missed the latest on the wage brouhaha and deliberations in China over workers remuneration. I need to know the latest development on the matter.I'm really interested.
    I wish you all the best always darling and I'm must say it's been another precious opportunity to talk to you.Thank you much and greetings to the rest of the team in Asia. You guys are really wonderful.
    Affectionately,
    Oladipo

    October 2, 2010 at 2:48 am |
  42. Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    Kristie darling,
    It appears the international community is squandering attention and effort in Boznia Herzegovina as it appears the ethnic Serbs and the Croats would brook no talk of compromise.They seem to be all set for the inevitable.Autonomy.Each has its own parliament and are responsible.While it's laudable, the Dayton Peace Accord paradoxically speaking has made no difference.It has only foisted an uneasy peace in the area.
    Let the Serbs secede, if they so wish.The cultural and religious divisions and its corollary of political stalemate is not profitable to either and the EU and other world powers.They can ill-afford sinking capital into anarchy.
    Dear,
    I must say it's been a pleasure having another opportunity to talk to you and I want to let you know that I've had a great week.I'm sure you have too.I watched you earlier in the week on World Report, but I was in the banking hall and I must say you were so beautiful and elegant in your burgundy dress.I love you darling and have a great week ahead.I'm signing-off.Cheers.
    Affectionately,
    Oladipo Akinyemi Omole

    October 9, 2010 at 3:41 am |
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