China’s block & stop of information may be wearing thin.
From blocking info coming into the country by placing regulations on search engines such as Google, to stopping info going out of the country by shutting down blogs, to denying visas to foreign journalists who return to their home countries and dare to report truth, China’s censors must be exhausted.
So says The Atlantic’s Elizabeth Economy, in her piece entitled “Life is Getting Tougher for China’s Censors.” With a national security budget larger than their defense budget – which is pretty substantial – the country’s internet service providers are well-paid to do as they’re told.
Even so, the internet appears to be chipping away at China’s censorship power. Says Elizabeth Economy, “It seems that even with all the time, money, and effort they expend to keep the dam from breaking, they are like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke. The pressure behind the Great Wall just keeps mounting. All those people, all their interests, and all their voices just won’t stop coming.”
Do you think the internet will eventually blast China’s censorship wall to smithereens?
Or has China’s government maintained control for so long that the internet is no match for their all-seeing eyes?