The cat and mouse game between China’s internet users and its government is well documented. But who is winning the struggle is less clear. According to internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn the government has won, he explains in GlobalPost.
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The Beijing mayor and a vice-mayor lost their jobs, Weibo is rife with rumors about a high number of causalities, but – unlike what some US newspapers suggest – the city does not face a confidence crisis, explains Beijing watcher Jeremy Goldkorn on his weblog.
When earlier in the week the Sina Weibo account of the US consulate in Shanghai was blocked, theories varied. Was it a mistake by Sina? Was it a political provocation by the Chinese authorities? It was certainly not technical glitch, says internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn in VOA.
They do not care about the censorship and are not longing for Twitter or Facebook. Group buying has been invented in China, and crowd sources is old news for them. Internet guru Sam Flemming takes on a few misconceptions about China’s internet users in the Pandodaily.
While the government is still firm in control, the online debate in China has become more outspoken, and the authorities rather try to manage the information flow, rather than shut it up, tells internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn in the Global Post.
The online debate before and after the dismissal of Bo Xilai, has put Chinese internet companies firmly in the limelight. Baidu’s director international communication Kaiser Kuo explains how they deal with their customers and a often opaque internet law in the Voice of America and The World.
It took China’s internet censors weeks to crack down on the internet after the rumors surrounding the now disposed leader Bo Xilai started to make their rounds. But that should not be seen as a trend towards liberalization, tells internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn Bloomberg.
The internet in China might face yet another clampdown by the authorities, internet veteran Jeremy Goldkorn points out in USA Today that despite those actions, China’s internet is freer than ever, although microblog services of Tencent and Sina had to hold commenting temporary.
The recent dismissal of Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai triggered off a lot of comments on China’s microblogs. Even veteran internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn has to admit in the Wall Street Journal he was amazed, this time.