The road to internet freedom in China is paved by individual messages

It’s hard for those with a relatively free internet to understand what it’s like to wonder whether or not your post is going to be visible or not. It may make it through or it may get censored. For those in the country who care about their freedom to communicate online, there’s a way to do it…

The rollicking conversation on Sina Weibo, the popular Chinese microblogging service with more than 50 million active users, has gotten a little strained in the last few months, as the government’s escalating online crackdown has landed popular online commentators and regular citizens in jail. But even as the government and private companies like Sina intensify their censorship of Weibo posts that criticize Beijing or discuss controversial issues like the Bo Xilai trial, the so-called Great Firewall of China is showing a few cracks.

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