The great firewall, China’s main weapon against free online access for its netizens, is often thought of as a blunt instrument but besides its blanket blocking of facebook or Twitter, there is a more subtle edge to what gets through and when.
PC magazine’s, Sascha Segan, took a trip across the border from Hong Kong to Shenzen to compare services directly behind the great firewall and that a bit further away.
HONG KONG—Here in Hong Kong, the Internet is global. But just over the border in the Chinese boom town of Shenzhen, major international websites get shut down behind the famed “Great Firewall of China.”
Watching the vibrant economic ferment in Shenzhen, it’s hard to remember that you’re in a totalitarian state. The Chinese folks I encountered were generally pretty blase about politics. Then again, Shenzhen is one of the richest cities in China, and the people I spoke to came from the relatively well-off professional classes.