China’s social media space is an altogether alien place for anyone who lives on a diet of Facebook and Twitter — both of which are blocked — or Google, which has a controversial relationship with authorities in the communist country.

As regular readers of The Next Web (and our Asia channel) you’ve likely already got a good idea of the key players, the scale of the Internet in China and more…but those of you wanting a refresher of the very important topic of censorship (and the Great Firewall) should spend 19 minutes watching this brilliant TED video from noted blogger Michael Anti, aka Jing Zhao.

There’s not much more to add to Anti’s passionate talk, other than that you can keep up with breaking news out of China and the rest of Asia by following @TheNextWebAsia on Twitter.

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