From New America Media:
Technology has been a way to thwart the government’s efforts in controlling the public. In 1989, Tiananmen Square protesters used fax machines to reach out to the international press. Last year, 12,000 workers mobilized using cell phone text messages to go on strike against their company. The blogosphere’s high interconnectedness made Wu’s case very visible in the blogging community, and by extension, on the Internet.
“When there are a significant number of visible blogs all putting up the same information, such as information about Hao Wu, it greatly increases its Google searchability and raises its online profile,” said Xiao Qiang, the director of the China Internet Project at the University of California, Berkeley. [Full Text]