The garden of harmonious censorship

The Chinese paradox: the Internet on a tight rein and tens of millions of anonymous phone subscribers. The regime doesn’t trust the Web, but it’s fully aware that the Web will be an increasingly important driving force for the country’s economic growth.

Awide-brimmed straw hat protects her from the sun that has been beating down relentlessly on the city for the last few weeks. She is sitting on a small stool, facing the shop windows of the China Mobile sales outlet, her gaze lost in space. She is holding a folder in her hands covered in an infinite series of eleven-digit numbers. The same scene is mirrored further along the pavement: someone catches a quick bite to eat, others take advantage of a moment’s respite to take a nap.

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