If there’s one thing that has literally kept me awake at night before moving to China, it’s the censorship in China. While I really don’t care about politics at all, the part that has me worried is the censorship of the internet. We have all heard of the Great Wall of China. But there’s also the Great Firewall of China. China has the most restrictive internet in the world, where they block over 8,000 domains. While most of those websites aren’t of interest to me, they also block essentially every site that I do use!
Here’s just a partial list:
Google related: Gmail, Google+, Google Hangouts, Google Search Engine, Google Play, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar
Video: YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix
Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, WordPress.com, Blogspot, Blogger, Flickr, SoundCloud, Whatsapp
News: The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg, Reuters, many pages of Wikipedia
Other: Dropbox, Skype (not blocked, but so slow it’s useless, and monitored by third parties)
Porn: Every porn site (OMG, what am I going to do?)
While I don’t use everything on that list, much of what I do use is on that list! I use all of those Google products. This blog is run on WordPress (along with most blogs in the world, 60% market share, over 239 million websites). Priya and I both spend a lot of time watching YouTube for entertainment or learning. We use Google Hangouts for free VoIP calling anywhere in the USA…we listen to music on SoundCloud…we use Wikipedia for research.
VPN to the rescue
It’s fairly common knowledge that Continue Reading →