Chinese dissident's act is a really big shoe

The architect of the Chinese government's Internet censorship policies got an unmistakable sign on May 19 that not everyone is a fan of the restrictions when a dissident threw a shoe at him, according to a report in Network World.

A Chinese microblogger, who has not revealed his identity, said on Twitter that he hit government official Fang Binxing with a shoe and threw eggs at him during a small event at Wuhan University attended by about 30 people. The assailant said he did so to protest the government's draconian restrictions on the Internet.

There has been no official statement from the Chinese government about the incident, so it is still unclear which brand of shoe the dissident threw. There's also no word on whether the incident was inspired by a similar shoe-throwing episode in 2008 involving former U.S. President George W. Bush.

About the Author

Connect with the GCN staff on Twitter @GCNtech.

Featured

  • Records management: Look beyond the NARA mandates

    Pandemic tests electronic records management

    Between the rush enable more virtual collaboration, stalled digitization of archived records and managing records that reside in datasets, records management executives are sorting through new challenges.

  • boy learning at home (Travelpixs/Shutterstock.com)

    Tucson’s community wireless bridges the digital divide

    The city built cell sites at government-owned facilities such as fire departments and libraries that were already connected to Tucson’s existing fiber backbone.

Stay Connected