This week's episode of the BBC World Service's technology program, Go Digital, reports on the state of the Internet in China. Bloggers are burgeoning - so long as they avoid politics.
The central government actively censors content and prosecutes violators, while blocking unacceptable sites from outside China - including, among many, Blogspot. On the plus side, for the first time the government has a window into events in peripheral regions. A poor flow of information about the country to the government is one of those minor drawbacks of totalitarianism....
So if you're reading this in China, better watch your back!
The show can be accessed on video or audio.