China Solved’s blog dispels a number of myths about China’s Internet censorship, and explains how censorship is impacting small online businesses, creating a “a dead-zone for any business planning on building an international online business” (h/t Danwei):
As of the time of this writing, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are still unavailable in Mainland China. YouTube has been blocked since March of 2009, and Facebook and Twitter have been dark for almost a month. There is no indication about when or even if the blockade of these sites will be lifted.
First, let’s put a couple of myths to rest.
Fractured Web Myth 1 – the Chinese internet blockade is a minor inconvenience that just about everyone can get around.
Fractured Web Myth 2 – the only ones affected are kids surfing for fun.
Fractured Web Myth 3 – it’s a temporary phenomenon
Fractured Web Myth 4 – it’s about national security – not an international business or trade issue.
Fractured Web Myth 5 – Chinese counterparts and substitutes already exist.