That congress gave Microsoft, Cisco, Yahoo! and Google a grilling over their corporate complicity in censoring information for the Chinese government was suprising enough. Danwei posts an interesting piece on the delivery boys. Now, it seems that the focus is turning toward FedEx, DHL and UPS. Most americans are alarmed when an envelope arrives where the adhesive seal has come undone. Someone's been reading my mail!
Fact. Every envelope my mother sends to me in Vietnam from the US is opened and taped back up. When someone sends along a CD or video tape, I know, as a protocol, to show up at the post office with my computer (to view the CD) or my video camera. Usually, it only takes a couple of minutes once the clerks can sit down and share your precious moments on media. But if they choose, you could be in for a feature length popcorn session. But this is the post office. Are international shippers in Vietnam any different than in China?
My artwork arrived via DHL several months ago from my exhibition in Korea. The pretext was taxation. How much would they tax me for my artwork? For insurance purposes, I had listed that each 100x60 cm print was 500 dollars. DHL, luckily for me, didn't agree to that price to tax me (yeah, for my own artwork). But the question then follows: How did they know what was in the package? They opened it, as they do all my packages.
About the entry title, Cookies:
1) Internet Browser - Holds information on the times and dates you have visited web sites. Other information can also be saved to your hard disk in these text files, including information about online purchases, validation information about you for members-only web sites, and more. 2) the tasty baked type that Mom sends in care packages, sometimes oatmeal raisin, other times, double chocolate chip.
Danwei. Fedex, DHL and UPS complicit in state censorship?
Posted by on February 24, 2006 10:14 AM | Permalink