Posts tagged “Japan”

Asia Chats: Analyzing Information Controls and Privacy in Asian Messaging Applications

This post is an introduction to Asia Chats a research project analyzing
information controls and privacy in mobile messaging applications used
in Asia. The project will produce a series of reports that will begin
with a focus on WeChat, LINE, and KakaoTalk. Reports will include
analysis based on our technical investigation of censorship or
surveillance functionality, assessment of privacy issues surrounding
these applications’ use and storage of user data, and comparison of the
terms of service and privacy policies of the applications.

Asia Chats: Investigating Regionally-based Keyword Censorship in LINE

This report by Seth Hardy (Senior Security Analyst, Citizen Lab)
describes the technical details of client-side censorship functionality
in the LINE messenger client for Android, and a method for disabling it.
This post is the first in a series of research reports analyzing
information controls and privacy in mobile messaging applications used
in Asia. An introduction to the project can be found here

Rush to Fix Quake-Damaged Undersea Cables

“Many operators were reporting some disruptions in Internet access, though the partial restoration of service was accomplished by rerouting traffic over undamaged cables and via satellites.

About half of the existing cables running across the Pacific are damaged and “a lot of people are feeling a little bit of slowing down of Internet traffic going to the United States,” said Bill Barney, chief executive of Hong Kong-based cable-network operator Pacnet. He declined to name the damaged cables operated by other companies, but said Pacnet’s cable system connecting Japan to the U.S. isn’t damaged so far.”

From Wall Street Journal

Apple, Softbank Told to Beef Up iPhone Web Filtering

“It may be Japan’s favorite smartphone, but Apple Inc.’s iPhone isn’t above the law. The Internet access law, that is.

A Japanese government panel said Monday it requested Apple’s Japan unit and its sole official distributor Softbank Corp. to improve the iPhone filtering system to prevent users under 18 year old to access unseemly sites.”

From The Wall Street Journal

Japan wants to censor the Apple iPhone

“According to a report in the Japanese Daily Mainichi, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has slammed Jobs’ Mob and SoftBank Mobile, for offering “insufficient” content control for minors.

Apparently, the Land of the Rising Sun has strict legal rules for mobile Internet usage by minors and even Apple sails close to the wind over what a kiddie is allowed to see.

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is writing a stiff letter to Apple to devise and install content filtering software on the iPhone as soon as possible.

Mainichi said that this content filtering software will restrict the minors from accessing any ‘harmful’ content on the mobile web, not even accidentally.”

From TechEYE