According to yahoo news, the Kindle, an eBook reader developed by Amazon, can circumvent China’s firewall and allow citizens access to the entire internet.
Sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which are blocked by the Beijing authorities, can be accessed without interference by the Kindle’s Internet browsing function, the South China Morning Post reported Monday.
The device was smuggled into China after being shipped to an offshore location nearby. They are now being sold on Taobao, China’s answer to eBay, and are reportedly selling like hotcakes. Sales are being helped along by the Chinese blogging community, who recommend the device.
“And then I quickly tried Facebook, and it perfectly presented itself. Am I dreaming? No, I pinched myself and it hurt.”
For those wondering if it is too good to be true, you have a right to be skeptical. While the Kindle does allow unincumbered internet access, each user of the device has an account registered to them, so data collected on users can be traced back to them.
It won’t take long for China to demand the information under threats to ban the device, especially because other countries have started a precident.
“CrackBerry” addicts in the United Arab Emirates will have to feed their BlackBerry addiction in some other manner as the government has issued a ban on smartphones from Research in Motion beginning October 11. – “Blackberry Banned in UAE,” pocketnow.com
The government said they would lift the ban under a number of conditions, including gaining access to data originating in their country.
The question is, how long will it take China to catch on and follow suite?