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Saturday, May 07, 2005
Face to Face With The Great Firewall of China  
Michael Geist reports from first hand experience on restrictions on internet access in China.

"[U]nfettered Internet access is far more fragile than is commonly perceived.... Google News... would not load into my became clear that the Chinese system was filtering my [web-based] email messages and cutting off the connection....most people I spoke to were resigned to an Internet with limits....[many] noted that the censorship “only” affected political information, but that business could be conducted online unimpeded."

The technology to censor the net is out there. It wouldn't take too much effort for the same thing to happen outside of China.