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China Enjoys A Burst Of Internet Freedom As Great Firewall Falls -- Briefly

Publication Date: 
January 05, 2010
Los Angeles Times
David Pierson

Visiting professor Jonathan Zittrain is quoted in the LA Times on internet censorship in China:

Reporting from Beijing

For a couple of precious hours Monday, the Chinese government's Web censoring system, popularly known as the Great Firewall, was lifted. Suddenly, Internet users had access to websites that had been banned for months, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Cautious excitement spread on some social-networking platforms that authorities were expanding Internet freedoms. But by the time most Chinese woke up the restrictions were back. Error messages once again flashed across computer screens for sites blocked by the nation's censorship filter.


"The government isn't showing any signs of giving up on censorship," said Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. "If anything, they're innovating and exploring other avenues."