At Forum, China Lifts Some Limits on Internet Access

In one town this week, Chinese censors have removed a stone from their “Great Firewall” of technological controls that typically make it impossible for the world’s largest Internet user base to see major social networks taken for granted elsewhere. The occasion for the rare -- if limited -- concession is a high-powered forum called the World Internet Conference, which Chinese Internet regulators and executives are using as a platform to assert ascendancy of Internet service that is carefully filtered, highly advanced and hugely profitable.