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Bloggers and writers sentenced to long prison terms

Dozens of dissidents have been arrested in Vietnam since September 2008 and, last week, nine Vietnamese bloggers and writers were charged with anti-government propaganda and sentenced to severe prison terms, reports Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN. From Internet Freedom of Expression eXchange

China Cracks Down on Tor Anonymity Network

For the first time, the Chinese government has attacked one of the best, most secure tools for surfing the Internet anonymously. The clampdown against the tool, called Tor, came in the days leading up to the 60th anniversary of China’s “national day” on October 1. It is part of a growing trend in which repressive… Read more »

China: Blocking Twitter’s third party applications

In the past few days, Chinese twitterers reported that the Chinese censor has blocked a number of popular Twitter’s third party applications. Since Fanfou, the Chinese micro-blogging website, has been ordered to shut down earlier this year, many bloggers moved to Twitter to spread their ideas. Net activists believe that it is impossible to block… Read more »

Targeted Malware Attack on Foreign Correspondents based in China

The Information Warfare Monitor has released a report entitled Targeted Malware Attack on Foreign Correspondents based in China, authored by Nart Villeneuve and Greg Walton. The report adds some interesting details to recent reports of targeted attacks against foreign correspondents in China, including details on the command and control servers. The report has been covered… Read more »

China: Blocking Twitter's third party applications

In the past few days, Chinese twitterers reported that the Chinese censor has blocked a number of popular Twitter’s third party applications. Since Fanfou, the Chinese micro-blogging website, has been ordered to shut down earlier this year, many bloggers moved to Twitter to spread their ideas. Net activists believe that it is impossible to block… Read more »

Happy Internet Human Rights Day!

Today is the 98th anniversary of the 1911 Wuchang Uprising which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and founding of the Republic of China in 1912. (I wonder how the 100th anniversary will be celebrated in the People’s Republic two years from now?) To mark the occasion, 15 Chinese intellectuals have issued a… Read more »

Q&A: Worldwide surveillance and filtering

The aim of the OpenNet Initiative is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. Rafal Rohozinski is a founder and principal investigator of the Information Warfare Monitor and the OpenNet Initiative, where he directs a network of field-based staff in Asia, the CIS and Middle East…. Read more »