Google and the Great Firewall: An Interesting New Twist

What it’s like to search Google in China – some questionable censorship on seemingly harmless words – and when you trigger the words, your internet connection is severed completely for around 90 seconds. Explanation and Youtube video within.

“For instance: a significant number of “harmless” searches end up being blocked because of coincidental overlap with sensitive names. The post gives the example of the character 江, Jiang, which means “river” and is part of many normal Chinese words and names. (For instance, a famous resort town is named Lijiang, 丽江, and the the Yangtze River is written 长江, Chang Jiang.) But 江 is a “sensitive” character for the Firewall, presumably because it’s the family name of the former president Jiang Zemin, 江泽民. Therefore if you are looking for information about the Yangtze River and you innocently enter its normal Chinese name, 长江, you can end up in the penalty box.”

Google and the Great Firewall: An Interesting New Twist

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