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Youth Fill Underground Internet Cafes

Can you imagine suddenly being told you can no longer go online or have access to the internet? Even though a local politician in China's Shanxi province, which is about 220 miles southwest of Beijing, banned internet cafes - saying "If they dare to reopen, we might launch another campaign to shut them all down again" - the local kids have found a way to keep their internet use going. Paying the equivalent of 35 cents an hour, kids and teenagers in the area are playing computer games in underground "information-age speak-easies," according to the Washington Post.

Apparently, the local Communist Party leader banned internet cafes nine months ago as a "bad influence on minors." For more details, read the Washington Post story. I was just intrigued by the story because I think it shows the power of the internet and how deeply children care about technology.

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