The internet invaded the world as what could be the most freeing phenomena. It broke the chains that once bound us to mass media and allowed a form of communication unlike anything humanity has ever experienced.
Governments across the world have tried to restrict it for many reasons, sometimes with justification and sometimes without. China happens to be very protective over what goes on online within its reach, but their skills are being put to the test.
It seems China may be breaking its promise of open elections. This is making pro-democracy protesters head to the streets, as well as the internet. We know the world wide web is a powerful tool in social movements, and it seems not even China can really stop it.
Occupy Central happens to be one of the biggest participating groups. They have been spreading their message through a WordPress blog, where they show citizens how to peacefully and intelligently show disobedience. There’s other learning material in there, such as info for journalists, resources and more.
It’s as easy to search for #occupycentral or “umbrella revolution” to find find a plethora of images and other info from Twitter and Instagram.
— 在水一方 (@szeyan1220) September 29, 2014
The protest is taking over the Hong Kong streets, as well as the online world. It has gone far beyond anything China would allow in their mainland. Suspicions of a tighter grip in Hong Kong have risen, which is why locals have started focusing on apps like the peer-to-peer Firechat app.
For now, China is conforming with limiting communications in the mainland. Instagram was blocked there on Sunday, and Vine has seen similar issues. Furthermore, Weibo has been deleting any posts related to the umbrella revolution.
The situation is getting quite complicated and the conflicts don’t seem to be ending anytime soon. This simply goes to show the power the internet really has. It follows no one’s laws and there’s always loopholes that can be used to get the word out.