Sep 01 2008
Breaking!! Double-edged sword turns out to be…well, double-edged. A Chinese hacker broke into the Tsinghua University website and left a stinging rebuke of the education system under the university president’s name. Turned out to be hugely popular, go figure.
GOOD: Standing army ready to fight all your political battles abroad
BAD: Same standing army ready to take you to task domestically
The Web site of the elite Tsinghua University, considered as competitive as Beijing University and even superior in the sciences, was victimized by hackers recently. An article purporting to express the views of the university’s president, Gu Binglin, criticized China’s university education system in harsh and even dirty terms. The majority of Chinese netizens expressed support and understanding toward this unidentified hacker, however.
Throw the hacker in jail? With a 92% approval rating, the university’s president should have kept his mouth shut and hired the kid as a speechwriter.
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