Observation Number One
Before I went to Shanghai, I was quite intrigued to know what life would be like behind the Great fireWall of China. Were there really restrictions on Freedom of Speech? Would I be able to blog? Would I be able to get the BBC News Page? The limited amount of research I did suggested that although things had at one time been quite restrictive things were now opening up.
At first glance, my experience tied in with this idea. I can’t compare it with life before the Beijing Olympics, but it is said that things have improved since then. One of the restrictions I read about was about not being able to comment on blogs, but as I surfed from Shanghai I encountered no such limitations. I could blog and comment. I could get my fix of the BBC News Page. Steve Zodiac could get his fix of Facebook (before he got his comeuppance, of course).
Interestingly, however, www.biblegateway.com was apparently suffering problems and I couldn’t access it at all, from work or the hotel, whilst I was away. It looks as though it took them some time to fix it, but I was pleased to see that by the time I landed back in the UK I could access it again.