Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers

Risky blogging in Beijing

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on February 27, 2006

A few weeks ago I interviewed a Chinese blogger who said that, despite all the concern in the U.S. about Internet censorship in China and the role that American companies play in patrolling the Net, blogging from the Chinese capital wasn’t that hard. “Living in China, I haven’t had a problem,” he told me when I spoke with him on the phone. This blogger (who didn’t want me to mention his name) said that he and others could pretty easily find holes in the Chinese firewall. “People who want to go and look for a blocked website do have a way to go around it,” he said. With the exception of Falun Gong material and some Taiwanese sites, most taboo sites were accessible with a bit of effort. “If people do want to go around the Chinese firewall, they’re able to,” he said. “There are enough people on the Web who know how to do it. There’s always some work-around.”

Unfortunately, there’s always some risk, too. Today I received an email from one of his friends. “Just heard that no one has been able to reach [him] since last Wednesday and on Friday all of his computer equipment was taken from his apartment in Beijing.”

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Reader Comments


March 19, 2006 12:37 AM

All people have to do is go to and they can access web sites outside of China. By the way, all of Geocities is blocked in China.

Post a comment



BusinessWeek’s team of Asia reporters brings you the latest insights on business, politics, technology and culture from some of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing economies. Eye on Asia’s bloggers include Asia regional editor Bruce Einhorn, Tokyo reporter Ian Rowley, Korea bureau chief Moon Ihlwan, Asia News Editor and China Bureau Chief. Dexter Roberts, and Hong Kong-based Asia correspondent Frederik Balfour.

BW Mall - Sponsored Links

Buy a link now!