A “Bitter Winter” of Controls for China’s Internet

On China Media Project, David Bandurski translates a blog post by Tan Yifei about the current status of Internet control in China:

The day before yesterday, I was in the city of Chongqing and I sat down for beers and grilled fish with a group of friends in IT. An air of desolation and death is prevailing in the IT sector as a result of severe controls. One of these friends was preparing his immigration . Another joked cooly that he would switch careers and start selling barbecue. China’s Internet is now going through a most bitter winter [of and censorship controls].

…China’s Web is in the midst of a clean-up and rectification campaign such as has never before been seen. Internet Data Centers at Shanghai Mobile, Shanghai , Bengbu Telecom Company [in Anhui], Jingdezhen Telecom Company, Shandong Unicom and Shahebao have been collectively pulled offline for rectification, and have not yet been restored.

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