Posts tagged “China”

New Chinese Internet document redlines BS meter

Though it has given no indication otherwise, China would like the world to know that it has no plans to allow free access to online content–Google’s “new approach” to the country be damned.

In a lengthy white paper titled “The Internet in China,” China’s State Council Information Office reaffirmed the government’s longstanding commitment to censorship.


India blocks deals with Chinese telecoms companies over cyber-spy fears

Citing cyber security as a rationale, the Indian government has established a ban on all mobile phone imports from China. This new million-dollar trade ban comes in the aftermath of the release of the “Shadows in the Cloud,” report by the Citizen Lab, released on April 6, 2010. “Shadows in the Cloud” revealed significant instances of cyber surveillance of prominent documents belonging to the Indian national security establishment, as well as other high profile jurisdictions. The cyber espionage has been attributed to servers in Chengdu, China. According to Chinese authorities, the blacklisting is illegal conduct and constitutes a violation of World Trade Organisation rules.

From Times Online

Government crusade against online anonymity

Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a senior official’s statement, reported yesterday, that the government wants to force Internet users to identify themselves in order to post comments online.

“The Chinese authorities have been seized by a legislative frenzy in their desire to reinforce control over the Internet,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After adopting an amendment to the State Secrets Law, they are now embarking on a crusade against online anonymity and are trying to put a stop to the many discussions on sensitive political and social subjects that are taking place on the Internet.”

From From Reporters Without Borders

China’s Censors Tackle and Trip Over the Internet

BEIJING — Type the Chinese characters for “carrot” into Google’s search engine here in mainland China, and you will be rewarded not with a list of Internet links, but a blank screen.

Don’t blame Google, however. The fault lies with China’s censors — who are increasingly a model for countries around the world that want to control an unrestricted Internet.

From The New York Times

New IWM Report: Shadows in the Cloud

The Information Warfare Monitor/ (Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and the SecDev Group, Ottawa) and the Shadowserver Foundation announce the release of Shadows in the Cloud: An investigation into cyber espionage 2.0.FULL REPORT. The report documents a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage that systematically targeted and compromised computer systems in… Read more »

Some Yahoo email accounts hacked in China, Taiwan

BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 (Reuters) – Yahoo email accounts of some journalists and activists whose work relates to China were compromised in an attack discovered this week, days after Google announced it would move its Chinese-language search services out of China due to censorship concerns.

Several journalists in China and Taiwan found they were unable to access their accounts beginning March 25, among them Kathleen McLaughlin, a freelance journalist in Beijing. Her access was restored on Wednesday, she told Reuters.

From Reuters

Google blames China’s ‘great firewall’ for outage

NEW YORK ( — Google’s search engine was down in China on Tuesday — a glitch the company initially said was due to its own technical tweaks, but now claims was caused by the Chinese government’s Internet filtering.

“Having looked into this issue in more detail, it’s clear we actually added this parameter a week ago,” Google spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said late Tuesday in an e-mailed statement, referring to a change Google made to its search engine coding. “So whatever happened today to block must have been as a result of a change in the ‘great firewall.'”

From CNN

China’s Top IT Enterpreneurs Call For Internet Special Zone (Updated)

China (Shenzhen) IT Leader Summit 2010, jointly hosted by Shenzhen Municipal Government and E-China Alliance will be held at Shenzhen Wuzhou Guest House on March 28 and over 80 leaders of the top corporations in China will participate, according to the press conference held by the host. Member of the Municipal Party Committee and Executive vice Mayor of Shenzhen, Xu Qin and Chairman of E-China Alliance, Wu Ying attended the Conference.

According to the introduction, the IT Summit this year will exceed that of last year on specifications, scale and highlights and over 80 influential and appealing CEOs of IT corporations, investors and relevant representatives of international association will participate. Currently, 36 guests including Chairman of Alibaba Group Ma Yun, Board Chairman of Tencent Ma Huateng, CEO of Baidu Li Yanhong, Board Chairman of Yaxin Group Ding Jian and President of TCL Li Dongsheng have been confirmed for participation and four of them will make a speech.

From China Digital Times

CNN: Google denies Youtube Outage Speculation

When Youtube went down for a few hours, many people speculated that it may be China seeking to punish Google for their recent actions. Ron Deibert suggests this is not likely the case, and that the Youtube outage is likely independent of any Chinese actions. He describes the consistent nature of the Great Firewall, in this story from CNN.

From CNN

Google Calls for Action on Web Limits

A top Google executive on Wednesday called for rules to put pressure on governments that filter the Internet, saying the practice was hindering international trade.

Alan Davidson, director of public policy for Google, told a joint Congressional panel that the United States should consider withholding development aid for countries that restrict certain Web sites. He said censorship had become more than a human rights issue and was hurting profit for foreign companies that rely on the Internet to reach customers.

From The New York Times