Ai Weiwei guest-edits the New Statesman, which pirates itself to evade the Great Firewall of China

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10 Responses to “Ai Weiwei guest-edits the New Statesman, which pirates itself to evade the Great Firewall of China”

  1. SamSam says:

    I would also think it would be good to have image-only versions of the article (i.e. PNGs, not PDFs) that can be hosted by sites like this without those sites becoming blocked by the firewall. 

    Search engines have no trouble reading PDFs as if they were plain text, but I think we’re not yet at the state where OCRed images are being returned in search engine results.

    • spacedoggy says:

      Depends on the settings while generating the pdf, there’s an option to convert text to compressed image, (you know those annoying PDFS you can’t copy/paste from).

  2. spacedoggy says:

    The NewStatesman is spreading lies and perpetuating stereotypes about China, they should be ashamed of themselves.
    [.50 has been deposited to my account]

  3. Helen Lewis says:

    @samfen:disqus 
    Your wish is our command – here’s the Twitter responses in .png form – I’ll work on some of the others now.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/sites/default/files/images/30twitter33_spread1.png 

  4. Jonathan Roberts says:

    If people in China have a VPN, they shouldn’t have any more trouble getting onto the NS website than they would to Pirate Bay. I suppose uploading it in PDF format will make it easier to spread it around in general, but it’s not like it’s opening it up to a new audience.

    Incidentally, it is ironic that this kind of action would probably be criticized as undue meddling in China’s internal affairs. It seems to be a good rule of thumb that the countries (or groups,for that matter) most concerned about their right to self determination are those least concerned about giving that same right to their citizens, as well as being those most willing to meddle in other’s affairs. Some similarity with religious groups talking about ‘freedom of conscience’, perhaps? 

  5. cservant says:

    And this my friends is democracy.  And *THIS* is why things like pgp, as well as “pirates” exist.

    On another note there’s got to be a better word then “pirates”.

  6. spacedmonkey says:

    Rock on!

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