Could China Face Reverse Censorship? Is this a Job for the Blogosphere?

china_flag.jpgTom Foremski has a crazy idea: What if websites blocked Chinese users as a form of protest toward Chinese censorship of the internet? Given the importance of a free internet to the Chinese economy, would a mass content blockage irritate the Chinese government enough to get them to loosen up restrictions? To be honest I’m not so sure – sanctions have a way of hurting the average person a lot more than the government. Not to mention the fact that China is arguably already doing itself harm by restricting the freedom of its citizens, a practice that (optimistically) will erode naturally if not by mass protest at some point in time. Why make matters worse by keeping information away from people – especially those who have already found ways to sneak around the “great firewall”.
As long as we’re talking about crazy ideas – what about an opposite mission? What if millions of blogs went on a rampage posting anti-Chinese-government essays and stories about Tiannamen Square for several days straight? It would drive the Chinese censors insane and make a noticeable statment among Chinese internet users who might be at once amused and inspired? More on Tom’s ZDNet Blog.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.