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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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mollyp mollyp 9 years
Haha.Some times control is good.It depends.The government may have a strong point.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
The Internet is so mainstream that it's hard to imagine life without it. And that's the way it was 15 years ago. So I'm not surprised that this generation of kids need their access to the Web.
MsRoyaLTee MsRoyaLTee 10 years
Honestly I feel like the Chinese Government is getting out of control. There are so many people in rural China who have no idea about the Western world.
Tech Tech 10 years
I know!
Bonne Bonne 10 years
Not only that, but it shows how controlling a government can be - ban the Internet?! Wow.
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