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UNCONTROLLED ACTIVITY AROUND THE EDGES

The New York Times has published an article titled Chinese Censors and Web Users Match Wits by Shanghai-based correspondent Howard W. French.

There are some interesting quotes in the piece:

Qin Rui, deputy director of the Public Information and Internet Security Supervision Bureau:

Some messages on the Internet are sent by those with ulterior motives.

Xiao Qiang, expert on China's Internet controls at the University of California at Berkeley:

Zhao [Ziyang]'s death was the first big test since the SARS epidemic.

Stephen Hsu, physicist at the University of Oregon "who formerly developed technologies for allowing ordinary Chinese to avoid government censorship":

What they are doing is a little bit like sticking fingers into the dike... Beijing is investing heavily in keeping the lid on, and they've been pretty successful at controlling what appears. But there is always going to be uncontrolled activity around the edges.

Guo Liang, Internet expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing:

All of the big mistakes made in China since 1949 have had to do with a lack of information... Lower levels of government have come to understand this, and I believe that since the SARS epidemic, upper levels may be beginning to understand this, too.


LINKS AND NOTES:

- New York Times article: 'Chinese Censors and Web Users Match Wits'.
- Author of above article, New York Times senior writer Howard French's blog.
- The above-quoted Xiao Qiang edits China Digital News.
- Howard French has a blog post called "Afrique-Asie":

There is a now-moribund magazine by this name which has been published for many years in Paris, which I often used to read in my early African days. The title encapsulates a dream I’ve had since that time of knowing these two huge continents, perhaps of discovering links between them. I also remembering thinking thoughts like these while staring in wonderment at the album cover of Duke Ellington’s classic, “The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse.” Ahh the reveries of youth…

- French's site also contains a nice gallery of images from West Africa , taken by his friend Robert Grossman. 
- Coincidentally, Xiao Qiang's China Digital News has a post titled BBC: Should Africa embrace China?

This week, BBC's Africa Live goes east - to examine the relationship between Africa and China, one of the world's fastest growing economies.

Economic and political links between China and Africa go back a long way, but the ties have deepened over the past five years.

In Timbuktu, Durban or Nairobi, in almost every African market, you can buy something Chinese - cloth, rice, radios and cooking pots.

Thanks to the Great Celestial Nanny, the old joyless bitch, the BBC article is not accessible from Beijing, but Howard French has reproduced it here. If you are outside the cold embrace of the Nanny, you can read it on the BBC website is here.

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