Koda video draws line across Net

Internet service providers are in a quandary over the gruesome footage of the beheading of 24-year-old Japanese backpacker Shosei Koda. The images of his murder have been popping up in sometimes unexpected corners of the Web for the past month. Now the service providers themselves are deleting information even before being asked to do so… Read more »

Google’s China Filtering Draws Fire

Nart Villeneuve, director of technical research at The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, said his group tested the Chinese Language Google News filtering last September and confirmed it was filtering access from China. “It is actually a form of geolocation filtering since users who access Chinese Language Google News from anywhere but China… Read more »

The 'blog' revolution sweeps across China

By January 2003, China had about 2000 bloggers when, without warning, the Chinese government blocked all access to blogspot.com, the server that hosts all blogs registered on blogger.com. Three small start-ups offered them a refuge; Blogcn.com, Blogdriver.com and Blogbus.com. All were blog-hosting services started just a couple of months earlier by people who had first… Read more »

Shirin Ebadi: Confronting U.S. censorship … from Iran

When I received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, Iranians and Muslims around the world hoped that the prevailing and unfair image of Muslims as terrorists would be discarded. I have wanted to tell the story of how women in Islamic countries, even one run by a theocratic regime as in Iran, can be active… Read more »

The Saudi-Wide Web

The OpenNet Initiative has just released a new study documenting Internet filtering in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ONI researchers tested over 60,000 Web addresses during a three-year period and found that the most aggressive censorship focused on pornography (98% of sites tested blocked), drugs (86%), and gambling (93%). The study also explains how filtering… Read more »

Judge dismisses keylogger case

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed charges against a California man who used a keystroke logger to spy on his employer, ruling that use of such a device does not violate federal wiretap law. From SecurityFocus

B.C. official rips the Patriot Act

A British Columbian official says the Patriot Act violates the province’s privacy laws, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday. Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis said Friday that under the Patriot Act, the U.S. government can demand access to a wide range of personal and confidential information about Canadians from U.S. financial institutions, phone companies and internet… Read more »

China Telecom Chooses Cisco To Build IP Next Generation Network

Cisco Systems (CSCO) announced that it has been selected by China Telecom as the primary equipment provider for the business network portion of the China Telecom Internet Protocol (IP) Next-Generation Network (CN2). CN2 will connect more than 200 cities and provide premium services to corporate customers nationwide. From ChinaTechNews.com

In China, blogs waiting to bloom

The government continues its paranoid surveillance and steering of the traditional media and Internet. Dissidents are still being jailed for online activities. Yet technological trends may be working in favor of freer speech. It won’t happen overnight, needless to say, but if a free-speech media arises in China it might well start with bloggers. From… Read more »