China enjoys a burst of Internet freedom as Great Firewall falls, briefly

For a couple of precious hours Monday, the Chinese government’s Web censoring system, popularly known as the Great Firewall, was lifted. Suddenly, Internet users had access to websites that had been banned for months, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.Cautious excitement spread on some social-networking platforms that authorities were expanding Internet freedoms. But by the time most Chinese woke up the restrictions were back. Error messages once again flashed across computer screens for sites blocked by the nation’s censorship filter.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-china-firewall5-2010jan05,0,7971353.story

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