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46,000 of Them

Paul Mooney writes about government crackdown of Chinese dissidents today:

Well, and what was so remarkable about Qin Shihuangdi? Mao is said to have asked a Communist Party gathering. He executed 460 scholars. We executed 46,000 of them. The remarks were reportedly greeted with laughter.

Found from the always excellent China Digital Times

See also Tim Wu’s article on Chinese censorship:

Another Chinese attempt at control involves the Internet’s physical infrastructure. Within China, the Web looks more and more like a giant office network every day, centralized by design. Last month, China announced its latest build-outthe “Next Carrying Network,” or CN2. This massive internal network will be fast, but it will also be built by a single, state-owned company and easy to filter at every step. Its addressing system (known as IPv6) is scarcely used in the United States and may make parts of the Chinese Internet and the rest of the world mutually unreachable. While such things are hard to measure, Internet maps suggest that, powered by projects like CN2, growth in China’s domestic bandwidth is rapidly outpacing the speed of its international connections. Networkwise, China will soon be like a country with a great internal transport system but few roads leading in or out. The goal is an inward-looking network that is physically disconnected from the rest of the world.

(Also, a slashdot discussion of Wu’s article).

Very interesting point made by an American expat in China and replies

“Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.” – Justice Potter Stewart, US Supreme Court.

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