May 21, 2010
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Published By Tashi
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tweet with Chinese Writer[Friday, 21 May 2010, 1:05 p.m.]

His Holiness will be participating in his first-ever Twitter interview,
at the invitation of Chinese writer Wang Lixiong on 21 May. This
interview will begin at around 8:00 am Eastern Time in the United
States (8:00 pm in China) and will be twitted in Chinese by Wang
Lixiong.Wang said in a blog entry that His Holiness the Dalai
Lama will respond to about 250 questions submitted by more than 1,100
web users on the mainland, where information about him is restricted,
Bangkok Post reported.Nearly 12,000 people selected the 250
questions by online voting done on a Google Moderator site, which was
blocked in China on Thursday, according to Xiao Qiang, who heads the
US-based China Digital Times.His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined Twitter, the popular micro-blogging site, earlier this year.Although
Twitter is blocked in China, Chinese users will be able to access the
chat with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from 1200 GMT, as Twitter allows
third-party applications and servers to freely use its data both inside
and outside China.This has made Twitter largely available in
China, eliminating the need for the virtual proxy networks often used
to circumvent the vast web of government Internet censorship sometimes
dubbed the “Great Firewall of China”, Xiao said.”The Great
Firewall has actually helped the Twitter community to grow in China in
a way not seen around the world,” he told AFP by telephone.”This
community has a particular political bond, which is anti-censorship.
Many Twitter discussions are about Internet freedom and how to
circumvent the so called Great Firewall in more sophisticated ways.”An
estimated up to 150,000 Chinese have Twitter accounts, with as many as
100,000 of them physically living in the mainland, Xiao said.
–Bhuchung K Tsering of ICT contributed reporting from New York
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