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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