To whom it may concern: 1.3 Million

Dear Reader,

Well to start, the topic of  internet censorship is very easily researched. That being said, I have learned quite a bit about Chinese internet policy. A team of 35,000 people work to read emails, blogs, and internet postings searching for users who break the rules on what are permissible topics to speak about. Not  only is it an issue of free speech for the people of China; it is also a denial of knowledge in all areas that the government sees fit. China is rapidly becoming the country with the most internet users; it recently surpassed the US. However, the internet that the people are using is an abbreviated version of the real thing. Sites like Youtube and Wikipedia have many topics and videos that are blocked because they have been deemed “unhealthy.”

Now for the two sources that I found most helpful so far..

First, the Time’s “A Brief History of: Chinese Internet Censorship” which gives insight on many of China’s big brother tendencies involving the internet. From censorship, to monitoring, to imprisoned journalists. All of these, and some quotes directly from the government. This article is from Time magazine so i think that it is a credible source( for whatever reason, wordpress will not let me type normally anymore, I’ve tried getting rid of these italics for 10 minutes now and they keep automatically coming back on).

Another article, is US Weighing China Censorship Case posted by Yahoo news. This is a very interesting article on how the us is attempting to legally challenge Chinese internet restrictions that hurt Google and other companies with US interests. Recently, after Google agreed to build a separate engine to auto-censor the internet for China, they received a lot of heat from the public. Now, Google has stated that they may not continue this auto censoring for China, and in turn the country has threatened to take whatever actions are necessary.

The most exciting part about this controversy, is that its story is ongoing. New stories break rather often, and it will be interesting to see how this situation evolves.

Best regards,

Chase

Ps. The Italics are here to stay I guess, they refuse to leave, stubborn things. Next time, I’ll use the underline button for magazine names..


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~ by Chase Hukins on March 16, 2010.

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