Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chinese seem to read, comment on American blogs, despite filters; same for Islamic countries

I thought that China had blocked Blogger and most sites from the US thought to have a lot of political activism. But I constant get comments in Chinese by people who have logged on through the captchas (unless they’re breaking them with algorithms). In any case, there’s anecdotal evidence that my forbidden stuff gets read in China.

Even more of it shows up in stats (particularly from my flat sites with their separate Urchin) from Saudi Arabia and Iran.

My own personal experience is that “dissident” or “subversive” material (from the US and western countries) seems to get through despite all the bans and filters from authoritarian governments overseas.

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