August 31, 2004
The Great Firewall Word Filter
Xiao Qiang (China Digital News): The words you never see in Chinese cyberspace. It is an open secret that all Chinese Internet hosting services, including wireless and instant messenger services, filter user communication through key word blocking mechanisms. But overly vague and broad Chinese internet laws and the internet police force never made the forbidden words explicit -- Not until some Chinese hackers located a document within the installation package of QQ instant messaging software. The file contains over one thousand words, most of them in Chinese, which will be blocked by the service.
Posted by Dan at August 31, 2004 07:59 AM
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