Monday, January 18, 2010

What does China Censor online?

Below is a link to a very cool graphic illustration of the keywords and phrases that the Chinese government censors.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Google Pulling Out of China

What do you think?

Online news sources reported today that China has (naturally) censored the news that Google is threatening to pull it's company and online services out of China. However some Chinese were seen at Google's Beijing offices creating a make shift memorial in support of Google.

The New York Times reported:

"One of the students said that she wanted to make a public gesture of support for Google, which steadily has lost market share to Baidu, a Chinese-run company that has close ties with the government. The government should give people the right to see what they want online,” said the woman, Bing, who withheld her full name for fear that it might cause her problems at school. “The government can’t always tell lies to the people.”

I agree with Bing, as do many other people, some more willing than others to publicly voice their opinions.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Google, Citing Cyber Attack, Threatens to Exit China"

See the article below:

VPN is revolutionary! Why did I wait so long to get it?

Wow, after not having access to and therefore my own personal blog for almost a year, I'm finally back on! Why? I just signed up for a VPN account which will allow me to access any site the Chinese government has put their great " Fire Wall" around.

It's been an eventful year, even though I haven't been blogging I've been busy with a multitude of other things. I started my cupcake business ( which has been so much fun and kept me quite busy when I'm in Shanghai.

Cupcakes aside it's been an eventful year to be living in Shanghai, the city which is literally changing before my eyes, is preparing it's self to host the 2010 World Expo. Winter isn't the most beautiful time to be in China - it's cold, dark and polluted - but Shanghai keep truckin' on pushing up more and more buildings, supposedly "beautifying" the city and inserting the Expo mascot Haibo onto every street corner and street sign.

The expo begins in May and lasts 6 months, it'll be interesting to see how many visitors actually come to Shanghai for the Expo. My guess is that there will be many domestic visitors and people from other neighboring asian countries but I'll be surprised if we receive a lot of visitors from further away. I was living in Nagoya, Japan when they also held the World Expo back in 2004 and while it was an interesting "event" to go and see, it wasn't something I'd travel great lengths to go and see.

We'll have to wait and see....and in the meantime it's very much winter in Shanghai, so I'm off to fill up on more hot green tea, snuggle into my fabric market cashmere blanket and watch a bit of my pirated satellite BBC TV.