NYT-China Tightens Censorship of Electronic Communications

I have to say, if this is true, it’s pretty impressive in a Big Brother sort of way. Basically, China is monitoring your phone calls. If you say a naughty word like “protest”, your call will be dropped. From the New York Times:

If anyone wonders whether the Chinese government has tightened its grip on electronic communications since protests began engulfing the Arab world, Shakespeare may prove instructive.

A Beijing entrepreneur, discussing restaurant choices with his fiancée over their cellphones last week, quoted Queen Gertrude’s response to Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The second time he said the word “protest,” her phone cut off.

Read the full story @ NYTimes…China Tightens Censorship of Electronic Communications

Exodus From China

With Google exiting China over it’s censorship issues, Godaddy no longer selling .cn domains names over censorship, Dell possibly thinking about “safer environments” for manufacturing, and Congress lighting a fire under Microsoft, could this be the start of a grand exodus out of China?