In recent (and old) news I’ve bitched about how Chinese and other authorities (i.e. Microsoft) have weilded censorship over Chinese bloggers. According to my disclaimer I’m a promoter of free speech, of any kind, and as promised I closely monitor the situation. Which is why I embrace the latest in blogging. There’s a Technorati project going on now, where people with servers can choose to host Chinese blogs, and in this way help the masses to utter their thoughts without interruption. If you’re interested read this article (excerpt below). If you want to go ahead with it, add this to your site:
<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/adoptablog" rel="tag">adoptablog</a>
which will look like this: adoptablog.
If anyone wants to get hosted, please contact me with credentials and current blog.
I don’t expect any kind of payment.
Excerpt from the adopt a chinese blog article
Ever since blog became popular in China, there have been a number of occasions where some blogs were shut down by telecommunications company or internet service providers due to their political speech. These incidents not only brought risks to bloggers themselves but also to blog service providers in China. Many blog service providers had to increase their effort in content filtering. All these brought pressure and helplessness to people who dare to make truthful expressions.
Especially since April 2005, when the law on non-profit website registration became effective, website owners are required to submit their real personal information when they register their websites. The annual registration process as well as hefty penalty for failure in compliance have angered many website owners that use an independent virtual server and domain names.
Therefore, many bloggers in mainland China began to consider moving their blogs outside of China. But because of language barrier, financial, payment and other issues, the cost of moving is rather high and the situation is not optimistic.
It is based on the belief of free speech that we started the Adopt a Chinese blog project. We hope that we and others on the internet who shared the same belief, can share resources and help bloggers who want to freely express themselves and find a safer space for blogging, so that they can continue to blog without retribution.
As a matter of fact, the goal of the program is to help bloggers. The support is not limited to any specific country. It is borderless and global. At least this is what we wish: let people freely express themselves, without the worries that their blog may one day be shutdown.