Dan Gillmor has an interesting piece on blogging in China.
Blogging isn’t big business here, at least not yet. At least three blog software providers and Internet hosting operations serve the Chinese-language market, along with several U.S. companies that have created local language versions. Google’s Blogger unit just announced a Chinese version, among several other languages.
Mao, the investor and blogger, has intriguing ideas on how blogging could penetrate further into Chinese society. One vital improvement, he says, will be blogging software that lets people make postings visible only to a selected audience, not to society (and government monitors) at large.
Another useful technology, he says, would be a more decentralized blog-hosting system. When centralized server computers host the majority of blogs, they are inevitably vulnerable to government pressure, as China’s bloggers have discovered.
(Via Wold Changing)