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Loosens censors at Olympic Committee’s request

Chinese authorities appear to be unblocking a number of previously forbidden popular web sites, including English-language versions of Wikipedia, Blogspot, and YouTube. In most cases, however, Chinese versions, as well as English pages on sensitive topics, remain censored.

The unblocking appears to be a result of demands from the International Olympic Committee, which requested an “open” Internet so as to not impede journalists operating at the 2008 Olympics Games, which are set to be hosted in Beijing.

Originally, tipsters reported that China ordered ISPs to open internet access only in the areas Olympic visitors will be known to work and play, such as hotel rooms, conference rooms, and area net cafes. The Atlantic , speaking with anonymous Chinese ISP workers, concluded that China’s efforts were nothing more than a “Potemkin-style unfettered access,” set up “just for [foreigners] and just for the length of their stay,” – ostensibly to minimize the problems it would face from the Olympics’ sudden influx of foreigners.

Now, China seems to have changed course, albeit somewhat selectively: Chinese users, as well as internal testing by DailyTech, indicate regional differences in censor coverage, with some sites accessible in one city but inaccessible in another. Blogspot, a site that already has a storied history with China’s censor, is currently unblocked in some areas, but inaccessible to others.

This behavior is attributed to the distributed nature of the censor – known officially as The Golden Shield Project and colloquially as “The Great Firewall of China” -- which researchers at UC Davis and the University of New Mexico found to be dodgy on its enforcement, relying on social engineering as much as technical prowess.

Despite China’s increased openness, however, it is important to note that it still is not in compliance with the Olympic Committee’s request: inspectors told China that the internet “must be open,” a statement that many interpret as “completely open,” and that any form of censorship “would reflect very poorly” on China’s image as host country.

Sensitive topics, including recent Tibet unrest and the Tiananmen Square incident, continue to be blocked, even when queried on unblocked websites like English-language Wikipedia and Additionally, Chinese websites that self-censor their content, including the Chinese-language versions of Google and Windows Live Spaces, are unaffected by this change in policy unless they decide to act on their own.

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By Connoisseur on 4/10/2008 9:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing you meant "2008 Olympic Games"

RE: 2009?
By Spivonious on 4/10/2008 10:24:50 AM , Rating: 2
Also, I assume the author meant "Tiananmen" not "Tianneman". Are there no copy editors?

RE: 2009?
By 16nm on 4/10/2008 10:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
It just occured to me that if sites misspell keywords like Tihbet, Tiamanen, Olympik, freedohm, lihberty, luv, etc. then these pages may not be blocked from the Chinese public. Just a thought...

RE: 2009?
By lompocus on 4/10/2008 10:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
dude, that actually makes sense!

hurry up DT! Initiate Free China Internet Campaign '08!!!

RE: 2009?
By Spivonious on 4/10/2008 12:53:43 PM , Rating: 3
Go ahead, rate me down. I shouldn't expect a news website to proofread articles before posting them.

RE: 2009?
By eye smite on 4/10/2008 1:15:40 PM , Rating: 1
China Moves Olympics to Undisclosed Location

You think they're going to lift all censorship, have a read and see.

RE: 2009?
By eye smite on 4/10/2008 1:56:16 PM , Rating: 1
Good job on rating me down just for posting a link. I see the children are still misbehaving.

RE: 2009?
By Parhel on 4/10/2008 3:00:28 PM , Rating: 3
Read the article you linked to again. It's a joke. China isn't really going to hide the Olympics.

I can't say I blame you for believing it. It's just not very funny. Kind of makes you wonder why the author went through all the trouble.

Hey China, Unblock Needed Here.
By teckytech9 on 4/10/2008 5:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
Ready set and....
By Heer1 on 4/10/08, Rating: -1
RE: Ready set and....
By Misty Dingos on 4/10/2008 11:23:18 AM , Rating: 4
I am afraid that it is you that doesn't understand. Even without the likes of Charlton Heston, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin the good Ole US of A can kick the crap out of ancient upstart commie countries like the PRC and North Korea!

That's right we still got Chuck Norris and Sly Stallone!

The only really free country is one where an Austrian muscle man can marry into the most socialist family in the country, claim to be a Republican conservative, bump uglies with Skeletor and become the governor of California.

America love it or leave it BABY!

RE: Ready set and....
By Golgatha on 4/10/2008 12:23:14 PM , Rating: 1
Don't forget Team America.

America, f$%k yeah! Comin' on in to save the motherf$&king day yeah! America, f$%k yeah! Freedom is the only waaaayyy!

RE: Ready set and....
By bldckstark on 4/10/2008 12:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
I don't agree with the love it or leave it line. You can not love it and stay if you want, but you should attempt to garner a majority decision to change what you don't like or keep your mouth shut.

Fearmongering, false science, and statistical wrenching (40% of the time), should be legal basis for citizenship revocation and/or deportation.

"Just the facts, ma'am" - Joe Friday

RE: Ready set and....
By jhinoz on 4/10/2008 4:29:02 PM , Rating: 2
Fearmongering, false science, and statistical wrenching (40% of the time), should be legal basis for citizenship revocation and/or deportation.

uhh .. you let al gore stay didn't you?

RE: Ready set and....
By winterspan on 4/10/2008 9:25:22 PM , Rating: 1
Go research the facts please you damn moron. I'm not saying discussion or disagreement about climate change shouldn't occur, but these type of ignorant, false attacks on someone who has done more than most to help our planet are just downright pathetic.

FACT: Every major national scientific organization in the G8 unanimously agrees that the bulk of climate change is occurring from the burning of fossil fuels. I challenge ANYONE who says otherwise as to their political and economic motives! There is a LOT of disinformation out there coming from dumbshit south-eastern "COAL COUNTRY" politicans, right-wing conservative "think-tanks" their oil and energy industry partners. Ignore all these smoke and mirrors, even ignore Al Gore, and LISTEN TO THE CLIMATOLOGISTS for god sakes. And 98% of them are unified in their answer:

I'm so SICK of all the ignorant morons on this specific website that sit here for whatever reason and try to downplay climate change as some sort of liberal/environmentalist conspiracy. Proper science is based upon objective observation and analysis. If you don't understand how this works, then you should go back to highschool and study basic chemistry and physics.

RE: Ready set and....
By SiN on 4/10/2008 10:45:10 PM , Rating: 2
1. Global warming was "discovered" by a sweedish scientist or one Europian country of that reigion.

2. Sun spots, their activity and their solar flares provide extreeme ammounts of energy that are reflected in our earths temperatures, at times, when they cross paths.

3. The "discovery" of global warming was not noticed, untill M. Thatcher - Prime Minister of Britain - used the "theory" of global warming to prevent further provocation by coal miners and turn the nations fuel dependancy to Nuclear.

4. Volcanic activity produces thousands (not directly accurate, badi know) more tons of green house gasses.

5. With a link in growing green house gasses there has been a noted vegetative growth world wide.

6. I refer to a scientific basic called equilibrium.

7. Developing nations require coal and other such fuels to bring their nation to compete with the likes of america and Developed Europian nations. Global warming and the W.T.O. prevent these countries from doing business interglobaly and stunt their growth. Keeping the rish rish and the poor poor. - If we all had a brick of gold, it wouldn't be worth much, simple economics.

8. I was infatuated with global warming like you are once upon a time, but i have not noticed a change since Thatcher declared global warming "fact".

9. Global warming research provides jobs and funding and extra tax's for each government that chooses to imply it in its nations budget. Its quite the money maker.


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