If They Want It, They’ll Get It

In the Hutong
Prepping for lunch with Imagethief
1023 hrs.

Fun article on how 15,000 Chinese managed to bypass the block on Twitter, motivated not by high-minded ideals, but by a popular Japanese porn star (link is suitable for work, but barely.)

My take, from the article:

“It’s simple for someone with some minimal technical acumen” to scale the Great Firewall, said Wolf. “But that means that it’s too difficult for most of China.”

The interesting question, of course, is how long that will be the case. The paradox for the government is that whenever they wall-off content or services that people in China want to use, the  more wall-jumpers (armed with aforesaid minimial technical acumen) they create.

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About David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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