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How Activists Are Fighting China’s Censorship Machine

How Activists Are Fighting China’s Censorship Machine

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  • Ironic: China has figured out the blend of tech and manpower to block “dangerous” information. Their version stifles freedom. But in the West, Facebook and Google seem unable or unwilling to solve this for fake news, pedophiles and the like.

  • It will be interesting to see how this situation evolves over the course of the next several decades. It’s hard to imagine that the central government will become more liberal. And for the most part, I believe people will come to accept the extreme form of oversight because basically life is good. Despite

    It will be interesting to see how this situation evolves over the course of the next several decades. It’s hard to imagine that the central government will become more liberal. And for the most part, I believe people will come to accept the extreme form of oversight because basically life is good. Despite what narrative we want to weave.

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  • Is freedom contextual or universal?

    Some observers will have us believe that the Chinese cultural and economic models preclude freedom as those of us in West understand it to be. Somehow, they feel, that the average Chinese citizen is okay with quenching creativity and open speech.

    Nothing is further

    Is freedom contextual or universal?

    Some observers will have us believe that the Chinese cultural and economic models preclude freedom as those of us in West understand it to be. Somehow, they feel, that the average Chinese citizen is okay with quenching creativity and open speech.

    Nothing is further from the truth. Human beings thrive and flourish in freedom. Societies are sustainable only with the messiness of freedom and free speech. The alternative is the one child policy that had ruinous implications. Or entire countrysides polluted for Western appetites. Or entire villages displaced. Authoritarian regimes assume that the wisdom of one outweighs the collective needs of many.

    Yes, freedom now means drastic change in China - and I fear the transition. Think of the USSR and Soviet bloc and the blood that has been shed since its break up. China is right about the troubles ahead but pretending it can be held off forever is being naive.

    It's only going to get worse the longer the authorities wait. They can transition and make the landing softer; it's a great country and has the ability to do so.

    Gentle transition or not, change will come. Human freedom will prevail.

  • As a proponent of free speech I wish those activists well. I don't want to know who they are and they need to be careful.

  • What is of note is how variations of the Great Firewall have been used in other countries. To me this is the failure of liberal democracies to offer a viable narrative to redress the world’s authoritarian trajectory. Then again, I’d go back to my personal pet obsession — media and digital literacy. We’re not doing enough.

  • I would definitely choose wisely the words censorship and machine in the context of Chinese commercial and economic current models. We, as Occidental’s, better not forget that the giant from Asia a.k.a. known also as the red dragon, has been developing a huge amount of hardware from American software

    I would definitely choose wisely the words censorship and machine in the context of Chinese commercial and economic current models. We, as Occidental’s, better not forget that the giant from Asia a.k.a. known also as the red dragon, has been developing a huge amount of hardware from American software companies and lately has even demonstrated that the country is also really good at developing software as well.

    We, as occidental’s, better not forget that oriental way of life is just different from the long lasting American way of life.

    And China has not one but already two generations that do not recognize American landmark companies, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, ‎WhatsApp, and so many other more.

  • In the United States we take for granted that we have the right to self-determination, the right for self-governance and to be governed by consent. We hold all of our liberties to be truths but when the Constitution was drafted, it was not actually universal suffrage and universal representation. What

    In the United States we take for granted that we have the right to self-determination, the right for self-governance and to be governed by consent. We hold all of our liberties to be truths but when the Constitution was drafted, it was not actually universal suffrage and universal representation. What makes our system unique is the principles of our nation.

    China is facing a multitude of problems with VPN technology, as many of these technologies are able to get through the Chinese firewall. But one of the most interesting facets of the mounting trade war, if really escalated may see China cutting off the US in more ways than physical trade. That would not only add a new dimension of complexity to the trade Wars, but also a massive problem for managing the world wide Web. But in the face of dissidence in China itself, leveraging heavily on the United States through VPNs in the face of an escalated and protracted trade war, China does not need to worry about allowing vpns for foreign corporate enterprises. Which has actually been one of the major challenges China has faced. Turning off the spicket completely is far easier than managing a leaky sieve.