Chinese censors cut off Twitter, Hotmail and Flickr

Two days before the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, China’s censors moved today to limit the access of the country’s increasingly tech-savvy population to vast swathes of the internet. From TimesOnline

Is the Global Network Initiative making a difference?

This week’s issue of Businessweek has a solid article about how Yahoo! is trying to avoid a repeat of its China mistakes in Vietnam. Yahoo! 360 is very popular among Vietnamese bloggers, but Yahoo! has decided not to host the service out of Vietnam, opting instead to host the Vietnamese Yahoo! 360 in Singapore. ahoo!,… Read more »

Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for U.S.

MELBOURNE, Fla. — The government’s urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts. From The New York Times

20 years after Tiananmen, China containing dissent online

The Internet has brought new hope to reformists in China since the country crushed pro-democracy protests in the capital 20 years ago. But as dissidents have gone high-tech, the government in turn has worked to restrict free speech on the Internet, stifling threats to its rule that could grow online. From ComputerWorld

Obama's strategy for countering cyber attacks

WASHINGTON – President Obama will appoint a “cyber czar” to lead his administration in combating the worrisome number of cyber attacks against US government and private networks. From CSMonitor

Fending Off Attacks in Cyberspace

President Obama’s announcement of his administration’s commitment to cyber security caps months of speculation and intense bureaucratic maneuvering. But the most intriguing part concerns the lingering devils in the policy details, and not just about whom will fill the Office of Cybersecurity coordinator. From The New York Times

Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Cyberspace Wars

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, administration officials said Thursday, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare. The New York Times

Judge sides with censored blogger against Chinese ISP

Professor Hu Xingdou was known for writing about politically sensitive topics on his blog, causing his Beijing-based ISP to take down his site for containing “illegal” content. Hu decided to push back, however, and has now won a landmark court case that may help define clearer rules in the future for how Internet censorship is… Read more »