Chinese Learn to Leap the ‘Great Firewall’

The BBC interviews blogger and Internet entrepreneur about the ways Chinese citizens are circumventing state censorship online:

But the firewall is not unbreakable, at least to some Chinese internet users.

“Just two years ago, only 5% of Chinese internet users knew that the government censored the internet,” Mr Mao says.

Roughly 20% of Chinese internet users now understand what ‘Fan Qiang’ (‘circumventing the firewall’) means, and they also have a strong determination to do so
Zhou Shuguang, blogger

“But today, information flows faster and faster and people try to use different tools to spread information between social networks.”

“There are a minority of users who can use technology to bypass censorship. No more than one or two percent. More users – about 18% – have become second-hand information consumers from those savvy users.”

“So roughly 20% of Chinese internet users now understand what ‘Fan Qiang’ (‘circumventing the firewall’) means, and they also have a strong determination to do so.”

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