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The Great Leap Online
Alex Steffen, 29 Oct 04

Worldchanging ally Xiao Chiang has a sharp editorial in the International Herald Tribune, The great leap online that is stirring China. Even in a deeply repressive society like China, the Net is making big waves, he says:

"On March 17, 2003, Sun Zhigang, 27, a college graduate working as a graphic designer in Guangzhou, was stopped by the police. He was detained for not having proper identity papers and died in custody three days later. After the authorities refused to investigate the circumstances of his death, Sun's parents posted information on his case and a petition on the Internet.
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"His case was picked up by the Southern Metropolis News, one of China's most progressive papers. Within two hours after being posted on China's largest news portal, sina.com, this news item generated 4,000 comments from readers. Almost immediately, the case was being discussed throughout Chinese cyberspace, from official sites to personal Web logs and e-mail groups."

For more, check out Xiao's awesome China Digital News project.

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