Clever art project that raises awareness of net censorship – China Channel Firefox Add-on – Experience the censored Chinese internet at home…
The Firefox add-on China Channel offers internet users outside of China the ability to surf the web as if they were inside mainland China. Take an unforgetable virtual trip to China and experience the technical expertise of the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (supported by western companies). It’s open source, free and easy.
Debate in the comments, keep it constructive and civil as always gang.
18 thoughts on “China Channel Firefox Add-on – Experience the censored Chinese internet at home”
Having been to mainland China three times this year, let me tell you just how much of a pain in the butt it is to not even be able to connect to Wikipedia. Let’s just suppress knowledge, Chairman Mao…
Hint: They don’t block VNC ports. I was able to tunnel back home, take over a machine in the States, and still get my daily dose of digital freedom.
I’m really surprised that the tyrant King George the Second hasn’t tried this trick here yet.
Australia is next.
“Australia is next.”
And then I will be moving overseas!
Why bother stirring in the pot when you don’t even know what’s going on in there? It’s just like those people shouting “Free Tibet!” and yet they wouldn’t even try to learn the history, and that’s just sad to me.
If you think people who oppose Chinese internet censorship are just ignorantly “stirring the pot,” then you will appreciate the purpose of this extension: to let foreigners experience that censorship for themselves.
If a person is unwilling to browse with this extension turned on permanently, but still believes it is reasonable for the Chinese government to deny its citizens access to the unfiltered internet, then that person is a racist. No degree of historical perspective changes this fact.
Im on business in mainland China right now and I can tell you there haven’t been that many sites I cant visit but a feature I’m sure is missing from this ad on is simulating the connection crapping out every few hours sometimes for days at a time.
I never had much problem accessing the censored sites when I was in China as long as I could trick Yahoo into letting me log in on their US servers. My friends in Guangdong also know ways around the censorship. The real problem, as mentioned above, is getting a stable connection.
I live in Peking. I teach students unable to access basic websites like Wikipedia or access news sites like the BBC. If SARS or toxic water is killing people, no one will know as they are better of dead than to inconvenience the regime. Anything that serves to shames fascist countries is good. That’s why our fathers fought the last century, no? Those who belittle others who oppose Chinese imperialism in Tibet, human rights abuses against their own people or threaten democracies like Taiwan dishonour those who died to free the world of such ideologies.
great article here about this : http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/chinese-firewall
its on how the firewall works and why people care/notcare about it
anyway back on topic. this addon is hilarious ! i cannot agree more, its missing features.
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