Monday, August 4, 2008

The Great Firewall of China

Despite assurances of complete Internet access, Olympic journalists trying to Google their way out China are butting up against censorship. You can't visit Amnesty International or Falun Gong's web site from inside China, but there's no restriction on access to condoms. If you can't equate The Beijing Olympics to "a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind" (from IOC's web site), what the heck—why not equate The Olympics with sex, as with this "cheeky" Chinese ad campaign?

Pretend you're an Olympic journalist and see what you can google from within China at If that's too much effort, the work is already done for you: view U.S. results vs. China results for a number of search terms at Blogoscoped.

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