Ai Weiwei, artist and activist who had been imprisoned, then released, by the Chinese government but is still on probation and house arrest, in an op-ed piece in the Guardian. He is optimistic that China will ultimately realize censorship won’t work: “In the long run, its leaders must understand it’s not possible for them to control the Internet unless they shut it off – and they can’t live with the consequences of that.” Earlier this month, China placed limits on blogs — which some credit with helping expose scandals that the state-run media doesn’t — after the downfall of Chongqing Communist Party leader Bo Xilai.
“[Government control/censorship] is putting this nation far behind in the world’s competition in the coming decades. You can’t create generations just to labour at Foxconn. Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it’s not a product; it’s an understanding of human nature.