Posts tagged “China”

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

Hacking Inquiry Puts China’s Elite in New Light

SHANGHAI — With its sterling reputation and its scientific bent, Shanghai Jiaotong University has the feel of an Ivy League institution.

The university has alliances with elite American ones like Duke and the University of Michigan. And it is so rich in science and engineering talent that Microsoft and Intel have moved into a research park directly adjacent to the school.

From The New York Times

China’s Cyberspace Control Strategy: An Overview and Consideration of Issues for Canadian Policy

Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab and co-founder of the Open Net Initiative and the Information Warfare Monitor, has recently published a paper for the Canadian International Council. “China’s Cyberspace Control Strategy: An Overview and Consideration of Issues for Canadian Policy” confronts China’s “cyberspace control strategy” and discusses research regarding cyber-espionage and filtering in the country with the world’s largest Internet population. In addition to informing global cyber policy, the paper focuses particularly on the implications for policy in Canada as well as China-Canada diplomatic and economic relations. Deibert concludes with key policy recommendations for Canada.

Read it here.

People’s Republic of Hacking

WUHAN, China—Some of today’s biggest cybersecurity worries trace their roots to this central Chinese city, where a hacker with a junior high school education slapped cartoon pandas onto millions of computers to hide a destructive spy program.

From The Wall Street Journal