On a recent trip to Aba County (རྔ་བ་རྫོང་།), a traditionally Tibetan site 300 miles from Tibet proper, Christopher Beam finds what it’s like to live without the Internet and WeChat:
China is famous for its Great Firewall, an Internet censorship program designed to filter the results of politically sensitive search terms and block certain websites—Facebook and Twitter and The New York Times are all off-limits. But venture into Aba County, about 300 miles from the Tibetan border, and you encounter information control of a different order. Here, the government has taken the nuclear option and turned the Internet off altogether.
Well, not exactly:
That’s not to say there’s no Internet. There is—in government offices.
See Behind China’s Cyber Curtain for the full text.