“Xinhua, China’s official news agency, and China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, are setting up a mobile search company together, the two state groups said on Thursday.
The move comes amid upheaval in the Chinese online search market as other players attempt to grab market share following Google’s partial exit from the market earlier this year in a dispute with the government over censorship.
However, the joint venture’s political significance is expected to far outweigh its commercial impact.
“The co-operation is an important move to serve the … party and the state, thoroughly protect the national interest, safeguard China’s information security, strengthen the establishment of a public opinion front in the new media, and broaden the domestic and overseas propaganda influence and the public opinion guidance capability of the Chinese mainstream media,” said Zhou Xisheng, Xinhua’s deputy publisher, according to the news agency’s report.”
From The Financial Times
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“BEIJING–A Google question-and-answer page for Chinese users was inaccessible from mainland China on Tuesday less than a month after the search giant’s Internet license was renewed amid a dispute over online censorship.
The company found no technical problems with the Hong Kong-based service, a Google spokewoman, Courtney Hohne, said in an e-mail. Phone calls to China’s Internet regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, were not answered and the agency did not respond to questions sent by fax.
Beijing encourages Web use for education and business but tries to block material deemed subversive and closely watches sites where China’s public can leave comments. ”
“Chinese authorities in Tibet have ordered Internet cafes across the region to finish installing state-of-the-art surveillance systems by the end of the month.
“If there is something that is being controlled, there’s no way anyone will get to see it. It’s definitely a tighter form of control,” says a proprietor of an Internet cafe in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.
Under the nationwide scheme, which took effect Aug. 1, second-generation identity cards belonging to the person using the Internet must be swiped to allow online access. Viewed content can then be traced back to that identity, using the the surveillance system.
“There has to be a question mark over why the government is installing such a surveillance system in Tibet right now,” Zhang said. “The Chinese Communist Party has always used cleaning up pornography as an excuse.”
From Eurasia Review
“As of this writing, numerous major American and European news outlets are reporting that Google is blocked in China, based on the information appearing on Google’s Mainland China service availability page.
However no journalist has actually confirmed with a human being at Google that this information is correct. What’s more, I’ve heard from several dozen people all over China who say that Google isn’t blocked for them when they access it on their Internet connections from Beijing to Shanghai to Sichuan to Hunan.
I have yet to hear from a single person who can’t access Google search in Mainland China. I am collecting people’s responses via Twitter here. Also see the #googlecn tag. For a sampling see here, here, here, here, and here.
The most insane part of this whole non-story is that Google’s stock fell 1.4 percent and Baidu’s stock rose 3.5 percent. What’s even funnier are all the financial analysts who commented to Reuters about the block…funny that is if you don’t own Google stock…”
“The People’s Liberation Army has unveiled its first department dedicated to tackling cyber war threats and protecting information security, Chinese media reported today.
The move comes just over a year after the United States created a cyber command.
The PLA Daily said the military announced the creation of the Information Security Base on Monday, giving few more details in its brief report.”
The Indian Ministry of Law and Justice is seeking to adopt new import regulations on mobile phones in order to prevent the threat of cyber espionage. The new regulations would have all foreign imports inspected by American, Canadian or Israeli third-party laboratories. This new policy, which is assumed to be introduced “shortly,” has been linked to the growing concern in India of espionage from its surrounding countries: China and Pakistan. In April 2010, Citizen Lab published the research report Shadows in the Cloud which revealed a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage which compromised computer systems in India among others.
From The New York Times
Google made the announcement early Friday morning in California in a blog posting by its chief legal officer, David Drummond.
“We are very pleased that the government has renewed our I.C.P. license,” Mr. Drummond wrote referring to an Internet content provider license. “And we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China.”
From The New York Times
“Beijing News is reporting (in Chinese) that one of their reporters noticed on Monday that the Google.cn landing page has added an ICP license number dated 2010. The license number had not been there before. The reporter then confirmed with Wang Jinhong, director of public relations for Google China, that the license number had been newly added. Three other links to “Music,” “Translate,” and “Shopping” were also added. The report did not clarify whether the addition of the ICP license means that the Chinese authorities have renewed Google.cn’s ICP license after Google announced on June 28th that it has changed the way in which users are re-directed from Google.cn to Google.com.hk.”
“SAN FRANCISCO—Google Inc. said that its Web search service in mainland China was partially blocked Wednesday, less than two days after the company announced changes aimed at keeping its Internet operating license in the country.
The company said the blockage appeared to affect only search queries generated by mainland China users of the company’s Google Suggest function, which automatically recommends search queries based on the first few letters a user types into the search box.”
Google has recently made a change “consistent” with its new approach to ends its long-standing censorship practices in China. Instead of Google China (Google.cn) being automatically redirected to Google Hong Kong(google.com.hk), the Google China website now has a link below the search bar that links to Google Hong Kong. The key difference included in this shift is that internet users can now “actively” direct themselves to Google Hong Kong.
This shift has been viewed as an effort to ensure that Google Inc. can continue to operate in China under strict measures made by the governemnt. In order run its business in China, Google Inc. must hold an ICP licence. Original changes to re-direct Google China to Google Hong Kong were made in January, upon Google Inc.’s statement regarding cyberattacks traced to China and Chinese cyber criminals.
From BBC News