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[liberationtech] Man-in-the-middle attack on GitHub in China

Martin Johnson greatfire at
Wed Jan 30 02:35:45 PST 2013

I'd say the majority of Chinese Internet users are aware that there is some
level of censorship online. Only a small minority are aware of the full
extent of censorship though (blocking of websites, search restrictions on
Chinese websites, removal of content on Chinese websites, monitoring of
private conversations, people getting arrested for online activity etc).

I also think the majority of Internet users are unaware that the Internet
is so much more censored in China than in most other countries.

This is just based on my personal experience though. If there are studies
out there with more reliable data, I'd be very interested.

Martin Johnson
Founder - Monitoring Online Censorship In China. - Uncensored, Anonymous Sina Weibo Search. - We Can Unblock Your Website In China.

On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM, danimoth <danimoth at> wrote:

> On 30/01/13 at 06:06pm, Martin Johnson wrote:
> > I agree that the petition itself is controversial. The proposal is
> unlikely
> > to be realized. Gathering a lot of signatures will help bring attention
> to
> > the problem though. I would encourage people to sign it for that reason.
> >
> Regarding that, sometimes ago a big gaming house launched its beta
> service, open worldwide. In the first days, I encountered a chinese user,
> and I asked him if he knows of the great firewall, and other things that
> his country blocks for him.
> He didn't know anything about censorship, nor about the great firewall.
> So my personal point of view is that European / American users know more
> about Great Firewall than Chinese ones.
> Am I wrong ? (I hope that.)
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