Chinese Bloggers Scale The ‘Great Firewall’ In Riot’s Aftermath

From Wall Street Journal:

To slip past Internet censors squashing reports of a weekend riot in China’s Guizhou province, some have started writing backward.

Some 30,000 rioters set fire to government buildings over the weekend to protest the way authorities handled the death of a teenager in the province’s Weng’an County. While state-controlled media provided immediate coverage, government censors moved fast to delete online posts providing unofficial accounts and deactivate the accounts of those users.

So bloggers on forums such as have taken to posting in formats that China’s Internet censors, often employees of commercial Internet service providers, have a hard time automatically detecting. One recent strategy involves online software that flips sentences to read right to left instead of left to right, and vertically instead of horizontally.

July 2, 2008 9:24 AM
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