23 March 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Google vs. China Battle Wages On

In an effort to live up to its promise to end censorship, Google has closed down its Beijing office and has begun redirecting tens of millions of Chinese users to its uncensored site in Hong Kong. However, the effect was short-lived as the Chinese government quickly responded, blocking mainland users’ access to search results [...]

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24 January 2010 ~ 45 Comments

Laws aiding government surveillance at fault for Chinese hacking of Google?

Bruce Schneier, a security technologist, wrote an opinion piece today on CNN.com, claiming that the U.S. government as well as a number of other democratic governments enabled the Gmail hack by forcing technology providers to install back-door surveillance capabilities in their software. While his piece lacks the evidence to back up his claim, the [...]

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01 January 2010 ~ 35 Comments

Chinese efforts to censor internet are falling short

Since the internet came to China over a decade ago, the government has attempted to limit access to content, with greater censorshipefforts more recently. However as The Wall Street Journal reports, the government is not succeeding in its efforts:

In 2009, Beijing lost a big battle, too, in the so-called Green Dam episode. It was [...]

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21 November 2009 ~ 31 Comments

Microsoft Bing censoring searches in Chinese?

In a piece from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times titled Boycott Microsoft Bing, Kristof observes that text and image searches in simplified Chinese characters (those used in mainland China) return sanitized results. He also says that Microsoft’s responses to the problem have been inconsistent over the last few months, ranging from a [...]

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16 November 2009 ~ 103 Comments

Obama condemns internet censorship in visit to China

In a town hall style meeting on Sunday in Beijing, President Obama expressed his opinion regarding Chinese restrictions on internet access. The Associated Press reports:

It was a delicately balanced message and Obama couched his admonitions with words calling for cooperation, heavy with praise and American humility.
“I think that the more freely information flows, the [...]

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05 August 2008 ~ 7 Comments

China Turns on Mugabe

Much has been made about President George Bush attending the opening Olympic ceremonies, but no one questioned if Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe would attend — Mugabe loves attending these “must be seen” events. So it was a bit of a stunner when Mugabe suddenly announced he wasn’t going and claimed that the talks he was [...]

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