Though its web site has been blocked by Chinese censors since last June, Twitter is working on utilizing the distributed nature of its service to become available to Chinese users, said CEO Evan Williams at the World Economic Forum in Davos, according to a report by the Financial Times.
Williams was quite vague, and it’s not clear what it is that Twitter could do itself (you’re welcome to post your theories in the comments!), but he spoke of “technological ways” and “interesting hacks” that could utilize the thousands of access points to Twitter’s network.
In the U.S., at least, the greater Twitter ecosystem is estimated to have twice as much traffic as Twitter.com does.
Williams also gave kudos to Google for standing up to Chinese censorship, but said his company was too small to do the same. He said China and other totalitarian government’s “very being is against what we are about.”
Williams was speaking on a panel with folks from Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn, who reportedly declined to take as strong a stand against censorship as he did.