China’s Battle for the Internet: Whack-a-Mole Times 1.3 Billion (Illustration)

April 12, 2012 Updated: September 22, 2015

China Cartoon: Whack-a-Mole Times 1.3 Billion

The Chinese regime is being forced to stretch ever further in its efforts to keep critical information away from the eyes of the Chinese viewing public. While the regime presides over what is likely the most sophisticated and well-funded internet surveillance and censorship system in the world, it’s being challenged by the growing list of sensitive topics and channels it needs to keep inaccessible.

As the Chinese people turn online in increasing numbers, the regime is finding it impossible to keep information from popping up behind the Great Firewall of China on topics from the repression of Falun Gong, to the true facts of the Tiananmen Square massacre—a story well known in the west but rewritten by Party faithful within China’s borders. Micro bloggers and media entities critical of the regime are proving too nimble to fully repress, making regime’s censorship efforts incomplete, as the Chinese people begin to discover what the communist party has been trying to keep from them. 

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