It's been a while since I've posted about China, but as I've stated before, it's an important country to keep your eye on as it grows, and learn about what the future has in store.
The World Changing blog points to an interesting presentation at the SXSW festival about blogs and censorship. The presentation was by Benjamen Walker, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and it addresses the misconceptions the western media has about net censorship in China... Illustrated by this NY Times article from about a week ago.
Some interesting excerpts:
Misconception 1: We in the west assume that millions of Chinese are searching for information to aid their revolutionary struggles.
Truth: Most Internet users in China are looking for the same thing most Western users are looking for. Porn.
Misconception 3: There are 30,000 to 50,000 "Internet police" who do nothing but monitor people's email, web surfing, etc.
Truth: This is a number invented by officials for official propaganda missives, aimed at the national media, not Western reporters, who nonetheless take up information ministry press releases as legitimate and use them as source material.