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Tuesday, December 10, 2002

filtering in China: new study
A new study, "Empirical Analysis of Internet Filtering in China", was released by Jon Zittrain and Ben Edelman. They found that the Chinese government actively blocks sites, developing new tactics as the Web, and their expertise, evolves. Routers are a primary target. The methods remain secret:

The Chinese government and associated network authorities are clearly continuing to experiment with different forms of blocking, indicating that -- unlike Saudi Arabia, which appears to have a single, declared method of blocking and a much more constant (and apparently smaller) list of non-sexually-explicit blocked sites -- Chinese network filtering is an important instrument of state Internet policy, and one to which significant technical and human resources continue to be devoted.

The study takes full advantage of a collaborative, distributed research methodology to create a broad, practical approach to Chinese internet activity.
:: posted by Bryan, 10:36 AM |

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