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How to Know if You're Censoring the Internet (This One's for You, China)

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As we learned in the last post, China says that the United States' accusations of Internet censorship are baseless. Perhaps, China just needs a little lesson in what censorship actually is. We've put together a handy little guide so that government regulators of all nations, but mostly China, know when they've crossed that dirty little line over to censorship.

  1. If you block access to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube during political riots - that's censorship.
  2. If you repeatedly block search engines until they comply with your ever-changing regulations - that's censorship.
  3. If said regulations involve content restrictions - that's censorship.
  4. If you hire "Internet police" who erase comments - that's censorship.
  5. If you jail cyber-dissidents - that's censorship.
  6. If you require computers sold in your country to be shipped with software that prevents youth's minds from being poisoned by the Internet - that's censorship.
  7. If you require portals to be down for "maintenance" on the anniversary of pro-democracy protests in your country - that's censorship.
  8. If you block sites related to the Dalai Lama - that's censorship.
  9. If you punish people who post photos and talk about collapsed schools - that's censorship.
  10. If you block sites hosted by the Taiwan government or sites related to the Taiwanese independence movement - that's censorship.

Got any other tips for China on the subject of censorship? Have at it in the comments below. Just don't expect them to be available for viewing by Chinese citizens.


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