Kindle Jumps China’s Great Firewall

Posted by Greg | November 2, 2010  |  No Comment

China’s Kindle 3 users get an unsuspected bonus when they buy the latest e-book reader from Amazon. Amazon’s Kindle 3G Whispernet service is pulling a fast one on the Chinese government, and giving Chinese Kindle owners the opportunity to connect up to services like Twitter and Facebook that are otherwise officially banned inside the country. There are work-arounds (such as VPN’s) that you can use if you’re a Chinese national who’s interested in avoiding censorship—an act known as “fan qiang,” or “scaling the wall”—and though it’s not common (and many Chinese aren’t even aware of the censorship) it does happen.

Sources: SCMP via Gizmodo





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