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China blocks 10% of websites
12/4/2002



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Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University reports that besides pornography websites, Beijing also blocks websites that contain content related to democracy, dissidents, Taiwan, and Tibet. And the list of prohibited websites is constantly updated.

Internet researchers tried to enter 250,000 websites through the Chinese Internet, and were blocked from entering 50,000 of them. They attempted to use 'Tibet', 'Taiwan', and 'equality' as search words, but their searches came up blank. Prohibited websites include those of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, various Falun Gong sites, the BBC, CNN, TIME, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Internet Mental Health, various Taiwan and Tibetan sites, the Atheist network, the Catholic Civil Rights League, and the list goes on.

In addition, researchers have found that Beijing authorities have made marked advances in filtering technology on the Internet, and have used at least four monitoring methods. These experts claim that they have evidence that China is trying to control the expansion of the Internet and monitors the flow of online information. Human rights watchdogs such as Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have condemned Western cyber technology transfer to China, and believe that China’s Great Fire Wall is being built to suppress freedom of expression.

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