Great Chinese LAN
From China Digital Space
大中华局域网 (Dà Zhōnghuá Júyùwǎng): Great Chinese LAN
Over the years, as it became apparent that the Internet was a space in which people could freely exchange ideas, the Chinese government began to restrict which overseas websites could be viewed from Chinese servers. The Great Firewall of China filters certain webpages and entire websites from view.
In addition to censoring content deemed sensitive, the Great Firewall blocks YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms that have been or could be used by activists and dissidents to connect, spread information, and organize protests.
As a result, Chinese-based companies such as Youku, Weibo, and RenRen have grown in the space left by those blocked websites, providing similar services, but with harsher censorship measures and surveillance. The landscape of the Chinese Internet has therefore become much like a LAN, with China’s netizens restricted for the most part to China-based, government-regulated websites and barred from many international platforms.
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