Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Candid Camera

As CNET reports in "Strict new rules for video-sharing in China; but will they be enforced," at the end of this month, Chinese citizens will be barred from certain common digital practices involving video-sharing sites on the mainland, which would then be limited to officially sanctioned content-providers. But it appears that computer users would still be technically able to use offshore providers such as YouTube. Part of the impetus for the new rule was apparently anxiety about the upcoming Beijing Olympics being disrupted, after scripted CCTV coverage was interrupted by an enraged Hu Ziwei accusing her husband of adultery and protesting corruption at the station in a scene shot by a cell phone, which had a second life online.

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