Source: Shanghaiist – By Fons Tuinstra
In the never-ending debate on the filtering of the internet in China, one political dimension of the feature is the need for many stakeholders in the Chinese bureaucracy to know what the outside world is reporting, not only about them, but also about Libya, Japan or whatever issue might be sensitive today.
When I asked Chinese journalists in Shanghai in the past how they would get their information, they said the first thing they would get when they started working at one of China’s official media was a VPN, a tool to circumvent the internet censorship. “Hey, we needs that information, we cannot work without it,” they told me. Even worse, at the time they used a VPN developed by the Falung Gong – one of the most despised foreign organisations by the Chinese government – simply because it was the best at the time.