Can The Kindle Bypass Chinese Government Censorship?

Kindle 2. Photo: Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis (CC)

Photo: Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis (CC)

Here’s some fun “real-life favorite stories” from Kindle users. (My favorite one was the 5-year-old’s “iPad” comment.)

But one Kindle user also reports on a startling development from her recent trip to China.

Amazon’s Whispernet network was able to bypass official news censorship from the Chinese government, and beam down “uncensored English magazines like Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly!”

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  • Belcat

    Enjoy it while it lasts… The Chinese government will definitely take steps to make sure it's news is censored again.
    More to the point, Fox News is censored by big corporations, but people voluntarily view it.

    • Hadrian999

      i wouldn't call what fox news is censorship, not really.
      the news isn't what it used to be, now the news is a product designed for the easy consumption
      of a target demographic, designed to feel good and comfort them, telling them what they feel is right and those who disagree are stupid, fox isn't the only news service that does it.

      • Haystack

        That may be true relative to the golden age of broadcast television, but if you go back further you find that it used to be quite normal for newspapers to be openly partisan. At least now, with the net, nobody is able to hold a monopoly on news. What Fox & co are doing is reprehensible, of course, but I I don't think it's all that different from what has been the norm for most of America's history.

    • Haystack

      The strongest forms of social control leave you feeling as though you thought and chose for yourself.

  • Haystack

    The strongest forms of social control leave you feeling as though you thought and chose for yourself.

  • Haystack

    That may be true relative to the golden age of broadcast television, but if you go back further you find that it used to be quite normal for newspapers to be openly partisan. At least now, with the net, nobody is able to hold a monopoly on news. What Fox & co are doing is reprehensible, of course, but I I don't think it's all that different from what has been the norm for most of America's history.

  • Haystack

    The strongest forms of social control leave you feeling as though you thought and chose for yourself.

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