China comes to mind when one considers how geography has extended its dominion over the supposedly borderless Internet of the early 1990s. Two recent articles together make the point that Chinese control over the Internet is pervasive, but not as infallible as commonly believed. The first from E-Commerce News highlights China’s effort to control Internet content: China employs 14 governmental agencies plus additional outside companies to monitor the Internet, jails dissidents for long prison terms, executes thousands of people every year, and conditions access to Chinese markets on cooperation with its pervasive control. Complicity with Chinese abuse of human rights may make companies such as Yahoo! and Google queasy, but “[w]ith some 1.3 billion people in its emerging economy, the lure of China’s market is compelling.” However, according to this article from BBC News, China’s national firewall is not as monolithic as we might think. Computer science researchers from the U.S. examined how far into the Chinese network messages with banned terms such as Tienanmen Square and Falun Gong could penetrate before Chinese filters spotted the terms and terminated their transmission. “The researchers found that the blocking did not happen at the edge of China’s network but often was done when the packets of loaded data had penetrated deep inside . . . On about 28% of the paths into China’s net tested by the researchers, blocking failed altogether suggesting that web users would browse unencumbered at least some of the time.” The filters functioned least effectively during periods of heavy web usage.