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Monday, 17 March 2008

China's Alternatives To Banning YouTube

Instead of just banning YouTube and keyword-filtering on Google News, the Great Firewall Of China could have been a bit more creative with the way they handled their problems with Tibet.

Chinese users trying to access YouTube, the Yahoo! home page and even the UK Guardian just see a blank page. When they search Google News for anything related to Tibet, they also see a blank page.

Instead, when people searched for Tibet, the government of China could have delivered:
  • A Google page saying "Did you mean China?"
Or, when someone searched for Tibet, they could have delivered a Google page saying:
  • No such country found!