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Prof. Jed Crandall Interviewed on TV and Radio about Chinese Internet Censorship

August 8, 2008

Albuquerque's ABC affiliate, KOAT 7, interviewed Prof. Jed Crandall on August 3rd, 2008 about his ConceptDoppler project, a kind of automated weather report tool for censorship. With the Olympics in Beijing starting August 8th, 2008, the media has taken a renewed interest in Chinese Internet censorship.

ConceptDoppler has shown that the Chinese Internet censorship is not a true firewall. It tests keywords from the Chinese wikipedia and has discovered that on 28% of the tested network paths, the data made it through. They also noted that filtering in general was most erratic when traffic was busy. Those curious about which keywords are blacklisted can take a look at them on the ConceptDoppler site.

Update: The August 6th issue of the Albuquerque Journal has a story about Jed Crandall's work. The article is available on the website (subscription or free trial pass required).

Update 2: Jed Crandall was interviewed August 7th on Santa Fe Public Radio (KSFR). Listen to the interview. (MP3)

Video of the interview is available in Windows Media and Quicktime formats.

Related links: Jed Crandall's home pageChinese wikipediaConceptDoppler; Interview in Windows Media formatInterview in Quicktime formatKSFR Interview in MP3 Format