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China: Spat with Google won’t affect relations with U.S.

Ron Deibert commented on Google’s March 22 blog post which states that the company will end its censorship of Google.cn by re-directing internet users to google.com.hk. Deibert predicts that as a result, China might further block Google from indexing within China’s information space, strengthening the country’s “Great Firewall of China.” If such steps are taken, the Chinese government would contribute to regionalization of the Internet.

From CNN

A new approach to China: an update

On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence to suggest that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on their computers. We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered—combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger—had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on Google.cn.

From Official Google Blog

What Chinese Censors Don’t Want You to Know

A set of Chinese government censorship guidelines recently leaked to the Internet provides a rare and intimate window into the thinking of propaganda officials. The list of prohibitions issued to editors ranges from the extremely broad, such as the injunction against “negative news,” to the bizarrely specific, such as the ban on the blooming of a particular flower in southern China.

Following are excerpts from media guidelines that the Communist Party propaganda department and the government Bureau of Internet Affairs, conveyed to top editors before this month’s annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

From The New York Times

Chinese netizens’ open letter to the Chinese Government and Google

Some Chinese netizens who feel caught between Google and their government have written an open letter to “relevant Chinese government ministries and Google Inc.” It’s got a very long preamble which I hope somebody will take the time to translate in full. In a nutshell, it expresses the view that Chinese Internet users have been left in the dark. While it’s assumed that the Chinese government would seek to keep its people in the dark – hence its censorship in the first place – they find it unfair that Google has not provided them with enough information to form educated and fact-based opinions about what’s going on. The authors raise a list of questions they want answered (corrections to my rough translation welcome in the comments section):

From RConversation

China’s Twitter Clones

The popularity of Twitter has produced a number of clones in China, just as there are Facebook clones. Some of China’s Twitter clones have been closed down by the Chinese government, but some have survived. We take a look at both cases in this post. We also assess Twitter’s chances of success in China, should it ever be freed from the ‘Great Firewall of China.’

From The New York Times

Bing Dinged on Arab Sex Censorship

At a time when Google is promising to end search censorship in China, a new report has now revealed that Microsoft censors its Bing search engine returns in Arab countries even more heavily than the countries themselves do using national Internet filters. The study covered the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Algeria, and Jordan, and found heavy censorship of anything relating to sex.

From MIT Review

New Scrutiny on Censorship Issues for U.S. Companies in China

But Amazon and other U.S. companies doing business in China are coming under new scrutiny from politicians and human rights groups since Google’s recent announcement that it planned to stop adhering to government demands that it censor search results in China and perhaps would pull out of the country. Google complained that the accounts of dissidents who use the company’s Gmail service had been infiltrated, apparently by Chinese hackers.
From The New York Times

Google: good or evil?

In August 2009, it was hard to move around Beijing without seeing an advert for Google. China was awash with the logo of a company whose motto is “Don’t Be Evil”, and the scale of the investment was a palpable endorsement of China’s vital importance to the economics of any global company.

From The Telegraph

Google ‘to resume’ talks with China

Senior Google executives and Chinese officials are to resume discussions about whether or not the technology giant can deliver unfiltered internet search results in China, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Google had threatened to cease operations in China following attacks on some of its web services, and called on the Chinese authorities to allow it to deliver uncensored access to the web. US investigators looking in to the attacks, which targeted the emails of human rights activists and Chinese dissidents, believe a freelance security consultant with links to the government authored some of the code used in the attacks.

From The Telegraph