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China: Video save taskforce needed

When tens of thousands of Ruian, Zhejiang citizens came out to protest the official conclusion of an investigation into the death of high school teacher Dai Haijing, it didn't take long for the news—despite being banned from mainstream media—to flash through Chinese blogs and BBS’.

When short videos were taken by those at the scene with mobile phones and posted on the internet, it didn't take long for the Chinese versions of Youtube to start deleting them.

A scan of the blogsphere today suggests Global Voices Online bloggers weren't the only ones caught off guard by the video shorts’ swift disappearances, or lacking the know-how to preserve these clips, suggesting the need for a Chinese blogsphere rapid response video save taskforce. Any takers?

Here are some tips on how to save video from sites like Youtube.

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  • Video save taskforce needed – John Kennedy…

    From Global Voices online: When tens of thousands of Ruian, Zhejiang citizens came out to protest the official conclusion of an investigation into the death of high school teacher Dai Haijing, it didn’t take long for the news—despite being……

  • […] 自从GVO自家的Jhon Kennedy 同样在星期二发表了关于消失的抗议影片,就已经至少有三段的影片出现在YouTube和 Photobucket,包括以下的这段: […]

  • […] 一位年輕老師被發現陳屍在瑞安的自家公寓大樓外,警方當時報告斷定是自殺,但他的家人跟學生懷疑是隱瞞事實。超過千名民眾上街抗議且遭到警方暴力以對。抗議者用他們的行動電話錄下衝突並將之上傳至中國的影片分享網站,但這段影像隨即被撤下。如一個受人敬重的英語中國部落格Danwei在星期二的報導,這影片只有再次出現在其他的網站。 戴海靜的故事 被另一個EastSouthWestNorth部落格的Roland Soong所拼湊起來上線,儘管中國當局盡最大的力量,這故事還是在網路上匯集。自從GVO自家的Jhon Kennedy 同樣在星期二發表了關於消失的抗議影片,就已經至少有三段的影片出現在YouTube和 Photobucket,包括以下的這段: […]

  • […] bloggers took that thought and applied to their own blogging situations. Previously, this idea of “rescuing” video hadn’t been seen with the same sense of […]

  • […] GVO’s own John Kennedy blogged about the disappearing protest videos, also on Tuesday, at least three have emerged on YouTube and on Photobucket, including the video […]

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