Statements that are less-than-friendly about the party and its people has always found a good resting place in cyber dumps. I can only say with awe the effectiveness of the Chinese filtering agencies, whoever they are, in trafficking the web. This great firewall has drawn strong criticism from voices in and outside of China. Some argued that censorship is necessary. No matter which claim is more true, many believe that relaxing censorship is only a matter of when, not if.

A sign of loosening grip on censorship came this year as BBC is accessible again after years of being banned. It is significant, as the Chinese version is finally viewable in parts of China. In many ways, the banning of English contents do less harm, as the majority of Chinese do not read them, but allowing BBC Chinese version to reenter China shows the change of mindset.

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Gang Lu

Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.