Wang’s War On Porn

by on August 20, 2004 · 6 comments

I’d have sworn this was an Onion article if I hadn’t seen it in the Washington Post. According to the article, the Chinese government is going to get rid of all Internet pornography in the country by October 1st, in what it’s calling a “people’s war against electronic pornography.” As if the futility of that wasn’t funny enough, the name of the man tasked with leading the porno crusade, China’s Information Industry Minister, is Wang Xudong. (Yes, I’m still in fifth grade.)


Robert Corn-Revere wrote an excellent paper on Internet censorship for Cato not too long ago. He points out that Saudi Arabia routes all of its net traffic through a single chokepoint where it is reviewed by censors. Obviously China is too large and has too many servers for such a system to be effective there, but the government might try to bully ISPs into doing the censoring for it, a tact that Australia is also considering.

  • Adam Thierer

    I’m pretty sure that “Wang Xudong” is the screen name for the John Holmes or Ron Jeremy of the Chinese porn industry. I’ll have to do some research and check it out. (No, just kidding.)

  • Adam Thierer

    I’m pretty sure that “Wang Xudong” is the screen name for the John Holmes or Ron Jeremy of the Chinese porn industry. I’ll have to do some research and check it out. (No, just kidding.)

  • http://marlettsmith.com/weblog/ Dean Marlettsmith

    Will Peking define unlicensed political thought as porn?

  • http://marlettsmith.com/weblog/ Dean Marlettsmith

    Will Peking define unlicensed political thought as porn?

  • http://quotes.loweeel.com Lowell

    My Signals and Systems prof for one of my EE classes at Columbia was Xiaodong Wang… it never ceased to amuse me either.

    But hey, I was just 21 at the time I had that class.

  • http://quotes.loweeel.com Lowell

    My Signals and Systems prof for one of my EE classes at Columbia was Xiaodong Wang… it never ceased to amuse me either.

    But hey, I was just 21 at the time I had that class.

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