The Great [Fire] Wall of China

Surfing the Web here in China is, let’s just say, Interesting.

Big Brother IS watching.

I can’t get to around 20% of the sites I want to visit. Other sites take 2-3 mins to load, presumably while someone checks the content? I don’t know.

It turns out there are some disadvantages to living under communism. Who knew?

But the one thing I can’t help but to think is that there is just SO much potential business here and in other parts of Asia that will develop over the next 5-10 years. Internet usage is exploding and so will demand for goods and services on the web. You look around and all you see is millions of potential new customers – Growth and new opportunities as far as the eyes can see.

The Internet is still in its infancy. It’s a great time to be alive and working in this space.

You have chosen wisely, young Jeti . . .

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3 Responses to “The Great [Fire] Wall of China”

  1. rollinj says:

    That’s exactly what I was thinking (re: actively checking new sites) … I’ve been in china for 3 weeks now and have noticed a plethora of sites that are blocked.. feeds.engadget.com sadly being one of them! engaget.com works fine though..?

    One phenomenon I’ve noticed (with the dirtier sites out there..) is that while they may be blocked on first trial.. re-attempting for 5, 10.. or sometimes 30 minutes somehow unblocks them? Maybe they’ve confirmed by then that you’re not a local citizen and to give you less trouble?? It’s still all very foreign to me :P

    Enjoy the far east! I’m off to hungary tomorrow..

  2. QuadsZilla says:

    I even had guttenberg blocked for a text of count of monte cristo – pretty odd.

  3. Dui. China is a stunning place. The growth and opportunity – for some areas – is mind-boggling as is the interest in current standards. I went a few years back and ended up speaking to a unexpectedly large tech audience at one event, and it’s bustling even more now.

    As for the Great Firewall, I’m sure at this point you’ve noted there are various ways people routinely circumvent it.

    Gen bei + be sure to post a city-by-city recap when you get back (very big, diverse country).