Sunday, July 19, 2009

China Internet And Web Sites

If you ask me what is the thing most impressed me in China, I will say it's their local designed web site and the experience of surfing Internet in China. Surfing web sites in China can be a daunting task. Some sites take a long time to load, some does not have user friendly interface, and the most terrible thing is the pop up window, most of the web sites have pop up windows, there are activated once you open the web site, the pop up windows are those advertisement, "as a small box run around the screen but you are difficult to get rid of it ", if you did surf some China web sites, you sure know what I am talking about. Most of the web sites are using the same temple, like those Chinese were wearing the same black and blue clothes during 1950's.
Difficulty in surfing a lot of foreign web sites is another problem in China. A lot of foreign web sites are blocked by China government, It seems Facebook is blocked too. The thing is that at times it's not, at times it is. Especially after the deadly riots in western region of Xinjiang, China government has taken all the usual steps to block citizens from accessing foreign web services: aside from crippling Internet service in general, the authorities have blocked Twitter, removed unapproved references to the violence from search engines and has now apparently moved to bar its citizens from accessing Facebook from most parts of China.
Is Facebook really blocked in China? What other web sites are blocked in China? No one have a clear answer. As always with the Web in China, it’s very hard to say. China’s censors don’t discuss which sites they target – or, for that matter, the fact that they block sites at all. And enforcement often varies between regions and even between Internet service providers. Like in Singapore, users are notified when they are trying to access blocked content, Web surfers in China get connection “timeout” or “reset” messages, which might seem like a common computer error. That is just like the way they deal with many others matter, They did it but dare not admit it or try to cover it.

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