Latest Censorship in the People's Republic of China Stories

China Blocks Google
2012-11-10 09:07:03

Rebecca Darrah for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Google´s services are currently blocked in China, according to web-monitoring group GreatFire.org. "It's the first time since we started tracking online censorship in China in February last year that this has happened," GreatFire wrote in a blog post on Friday. "The subdomains www.google.com, mail.google.com, google-analytics.com, docs.google.com, drive.google.com, maps.google.com, play.google.com and perhaps many more...

2012-03-07 20:26:42

Deleted Messages Include Terms Ranging From "Falun Gong" to "Iodized Salt" Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs, or "weibos," to uncover a set of politically sensitive terms that draw the attention of Chinese censors. Individual messages containing the terms were often deleted at rates that could vary based on current events or geography. The study is the first large-scale analysis of political content censorship...

2010-07-20 12:05:00

An official said Tuesday in the government's first public comment on the issue with Google that China renewed the Internet giant's license to operate in the country after the company agreed to respect Chinese censorship laws. However, the officials did not say whether Google's pledge came only as it now offers mainland users of google.cn a link to its unfiltered search engine in Hong Kong. "Google agreed that it will respect China's laws and regulations," Zhang Feng, a top official with the...

2010-03-23 14:25:41

In the new issue of Index on Censorship, 'Brave New Words', leading internet experts Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski call for a new approach to tackling censorship online. As cyberspace has become the arena for political activism, governments are growing more sophisticated in controlling free expression online "“ from surveillance to filtering. And it's now becoming harder than ever for human rights activists to outwit the authorities. In their article 'Cyber wars', Deibert and...

2010-03-22 17:00:00

Google has begun to offer uncensored, unfiltered content to users in China, the company's Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond announced on the company's official blog today. The move comes in response to a January 12 cyber attack which targeted Google properties, including the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. "These attacks and the surveillance they uncovered--combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free...

2010-03-11 07:10:48

If given an ultimatum to censor its content in China or withdraw from a market that boasts over 380-million wired Internet users, a high-ranking Google executive has told U.S. lawmakers that they will cease operations and withdraw their presence from the Asian nation. Speaking before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee during a hearing analyzing the relationship between Internet technology and democratic activism, Google vice president and deputy general counsel Nicole Wong...

2009-08-13 06:10:00

China said on Thursday that it might appeal a far-reaching World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in a case brought by the United States against its trade practices. In a verdict issued Wednesday in Geneva, a three-member WTO panel found that China improperly restricts distribution of foreign movies, music and books, forcing American media producers to route their business in China through state-owned companies. The panel found that "China has acted inconsistently with provisions" of the...

2009-06-26 08:55:00

Chief executive of Yahoo, Carol Bartz, steadfastly defended the Internet company's business practices in China saying it is "not our job to fix the Chinese government." Lawmakers accused the Sunnyvale Internet giant of putting its profits in the booming China market ahead of human rights by turning over secret data that enabled Chinese officials to track down and punish dissidents. A reporter for a business journal found himself imprisoned for 10-years after revealing to a pro-democracy group...

2009-05-19 11:13:31

China's first sex amusement park -- with statues of giant genitals -- has been bulldozed before even opening its doors, authorities in Chongquing said. Love Land, due to open in October, was demolished last weekend after Chinese authorities discovered the park planned a photo gallery on the history of sex, naked human sculptures and giant replicas of genitals, CNN reported Tuesday. The park on the banks of the Yangtze River was vulgar, ill-minded and misleading, Chinese officials said in...

2008-10-03 12:00:03

The Chinese government has been censoring messages on the Skype Internet service, a research group in Canada alleges. Officials with the Citizen Lab research group have accused China of keeping a database full of politically sensitive words in order to have those controversial words blocked on the online messaging service, the BBC said Friday. The researchers, who operate out of the University of Toronto, also have alleged that the database contains personal information about a number of...

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