The common western narrative is that China’s government is oppressive and fear that its citizens would discover freedom and democracy through those websites. On the social-economic level, they imply that China’s leadership lack confidence when dealing with the western world. The underlying message is that that those rich multi-billion corporations are somehow purveyor of freedom and democracy. Google even used “Don’t be evil” as its formal corporate motto. Continue reading Why did China ban Google? And why do the West try to shut down the Confucian Institute?
Have you ever wondered how a map would look like if it showed Internet freedom versus the NSA dragnet recently revealed by Edward Snowden? Well, it would look like the following map. Click to have a look first and then come back to this post.
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Regardless of your personal views about Wikileaks exposing secret U.S. documents, you will find this exclusive interview by Russia Today of Juliane Assange fascinating. He also weighs in on Google, Facebook, the Guardian, the New York Times, and media in general.
This is a map of Facebook users spread around the globe with each line representing certain weighed number of relationships inside the social network. It is a fascinating infographic. Click on it to see it enlarged. Chances are you will spend tons of time looking at it as I have just now. The map was generated in December 2010.
First of all, it comes as no surprise that both Russia and China are not lit on that map. Both countries have their own social network applications, and in China’s case, Facebook is blocked.
We would expect South Korea and Japan to be much more lit. However, social media services such as those on cell phones are entrenched. If you have been to Japan looking at what teenagers are doing inside trains you will know what I mean.
Continue reading A map of Facebook around the globe and what it tells us