Blogger Blocked In China
This whole free-speech thing is really getting under the Chinese government’s skin. Access to Google’s Blogger.com, which was blocked for three years until this past October, appears to have again been blocked by the Communist government, according to InfoWorld.
China’s struggle with controlling the blogosphere has been a recurrent theme in Internet news originating from there. Just a few weeks ago, the New York Times ran an article about a Communist party member-turned strip tease blogger. A source for the article then proclaimed that the blogosphere had become the new “dinner table” where people could speak freely.
But the Chinese government may have officially turned that dinner table over as access to Blogger.com appears to only be accessible via proxy servers inside the country.
Major Internet companies like Google, MSN, and Yahoo have all had their round-and-rounds with China. Google and MSN recently agreed to block access to certain content in exchange for doing business there.
Yahoo has received an enormous amount of criticism after providing information that helped Chinese officials track an online dissident who had leaked information to the press.