The ban on Wikipedia in China has lifted and new accounts and new postings are lifting rapidly.

New accounts according to the WSJ have increased by 3-400% and new daily posting have increased by 75%.  The Chinese language version of Wikipedia appears to be a renewed success.  The service had been banned for a year in English and in Chinese, and before that had been banned on and off again over the years.

It would appear that China’s need for access to information has surpassed its need to suppress access to information.  China has benefited significantly over the last 25 years from importing technology and know how and Wikipedia is a vast open source resource of technology and know how.

It might be a tool for subversion but its merits as a tool for the growth of China and the Chinese economy are significantly greater as reflected in Beijing’s decision.

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