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The Great Firewall of China

Are you suffering delays in your recent emails to china? It may be because of “series of disruptions to cross-border email traffic on adjustments to the country’s vast Internet surveillance system,” Reuters reports today. The delays have been going on for four days now. But, of course, there is no way to get official confirmation.

The symptom seems to be an error message that is returned to the sender. The error message however does not look like an end-user message. (I do not have a sample.)

“China is in the midst of a highly publicized campaign to rein in “unhealthy content” in its rapidly growing Internet, whose rapid spread of information regarding incidents of government corruption and rural unrest not reported in conventional media has alarmed China’s stability-obsessed leaders,” reports Reuters.

Most people are blaming the elaborate set of filters maintained by the Chinese government to manage information flow.

By Roger Matus, Founder and CEO of InBoxer, Inc.

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