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Nart Villeneuve

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By: nart

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:24:45 +0000

The point was that China is not dynamically blocking ALL RSS feeds -- feeds hosted on blocked sites are naturally also blocked.

By: Mathieu

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 15:41:41 +0000

Hi there, I am in Beijing and read this very blog post as an iPod export from my RSS reader, but other feeds of mine whose parent websites are not blocked (e.g. CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) were last updated the day before I entered China (Sept 30). Many feeds that are working now were not a couple of days ago. I have not pinged hosts like the CBC to check whether they use feedburner, nor have I tried different Chinese RSS readers - and I only skimmed through the GV roundup whose tone wasn't so "nice" actually - because I think the point we're missing here is that RSS censorship is already successful to some extent if it makes some feeds unavailable some of the time in your favorite reader. RSS is about convenience, regularity, and information management more than access to information. A Chinese banker might have different ways to access specific feeds, but he will probably only use only one, however incomplete, to read his morning news on the subway.