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Breaking down the Great Firewall
By Kevin Anderson
The complex system that the Chinese government uses to control the flow of information - known as the Great Firewall - has holes.
And these holes became more evident during the recent anti-Japan protests as a complex system of text messages, blogs, online instant messages, e-mail and bulletin board systems spread word about the marches.
The Chinese government and the Chinese people constantly play a cat and mouse game over the flow of information.
For every new restriction and technical door that the government slams shut, the Chinese people find a hack, a workaround or an entirely new way of communicating.