March 04, 2008 10:22 AM Missouri Time
“The Connection Has Been Reset” By James Fallows
Many foreigners who come to China for the Olympics will use the Internet to tell people back home what they have seen and to check what else has happened in the world.
The first thing they’ll probably notice is that China’s Internet seems
slow. Partly this is because of congestion in China’s internal
networks, which affects domestic and international transmissions alike.
Partly it is because even electrons take a detectable period of time to
travel beneath the Pacific Ocean to servers in America and back again;
the trip to and from Europe is even longer, because that goes through
America, too. And partly it is because of the delaying cycles imposed
by China’s system that monitors what people are looking for on the
Internet, especially when they’re looking overseas. That’s what
foreigners have heard about.
|I can personally attest to this. There are many a night when I can not seem to get any American web pages. I can get the Chinese ones fine so I know something is up. Even worse is when Fox news or some other big news outlet has something really bad about China on the front page. I may not be able to get to it at all. Well thats not entirely true. Me and most of the computer savvy Chinese youth can use a proxy server to get around any block in about 5 seconds. Thats how I get to many sites. |
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