This morning I discovered two curious web sites. Both intriguing but for different reasons. One is about censorship, the other about orgasms. I start with the censorship site. It´s called the Great Firewall of China and it is a site that when you put a URL it tells you if it´s being censored in China. The problem with it though is that I put Fon and it did appeared as censored but we have already quite a few foneros in China and have not seen reports of blocked access so maybe the site is not correct.

Now let´s go on to orgasm or Global Orgasms in this case. This unusual NGO advocates that if we all have sex at the same time something good will happen to the planet. Personally I believe the first part of the proposition but not the second one. I do believe that if I have an orgasm something good will happen to me and hopefully to my wife as well. But from the Web 2.0 user generated content aspect of the proposition, well, it´s still not…obvious.

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lachefleur on June 11, 2007  · 


Just a silly comment. In the Spanish version of this post you say “follar” instead of the translation of “having sex”. Are you more “mojigato” when speaking in English?

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Tomer on June 11, 2007  · 

After traveling around china for 5 months I noticed that every place I was different sites would get “stuck” (I never actually got a message saying they were blocked like I’ve understood happens in the UAE)

At first I didn’t understand what was happening, but then I was told it was the censorship gods shaking their heads at me… but what was funny was while some sites would be consistent, I found other sites would work certain places and others would not, to the level of working at one internet café and not at another.

Overall I found some connections were I did not have this trouble at all and was told by locals that this was a “special connection” (whatever that means)

The oddest thing of all was that when I tried sites listed as censored on all kinds of blogs, news sites, etc. they almost always worked fine… So as hard as I tried, I was not able to run into a consistent censorship system in China.

I’m sure one exists, I just don’t think it’s as homorganic as we’d think.

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Killy on June 13, 2007  · 

From china we can access FON.
But we can not access

Now flickr, daily motion, many video on Youtube, etc… are blocked.

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Martin Varsavsky on June 13, 2007  · 

Thanks for clarifying this Killy!

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